Farington Street – HGVs problems to be hopefully resolved

A constituent recently contacted me regarding an HGVs issue in Farington Street as follows:
 
“For some years now we have had problems with larger HGVs using Farington Street to get from Perth Road to Blackness Road.    Drivers unfamiliar with the area do not realise that, after the street rounds the corner to the right, it then joins Westgrove Avenue which is considerably narrower and on a very tight corner.  The problem seems to have been exacerbated recently by the use of sat navs which are directing HGV drivers up Farington Street, these devices not taking into account the physical layout of the junction at the top.
It came to a head (recently) when a driver became completely stuck on the corner with his articulated lorry and trailer.  He ended up blocking the road for around half-an-hour as he carefully manoeuvred the large trailer using his fork-lift truck to align it so that he could then continue north on to Blackness Road.”
 
See photo of the stuck vehicle – right.
 
I contacted the City Council’s Head of Transportation who has responded positively, saying, “We’ve looked at this previously and I feel that these pictures really illustrate perfectly the situation HGV drivers could inadvertently find themselves. Some advisory signage at the foot of Farington Street seems appropriate.”
 
The Team Leader in the council’s Network Management Team has since advised that:
 
“I have arranged for a site inspection for Farington Street and from the inspection I will arrange for ‘Unsuitable for HGVs’ sign to be placed at the bottom of Farington Street/Perth Road junction and at the top and bottom of West Grove Avenue. The sign at the top of West Grove Avenue will catch HGVs from accessing Farington Street from the northerly direction.
The Minor Works budget which would provide funds for this type of works is committed for this years budget 2014/15 with the projected expenditure as per budget availability. 
If additional funds become available I will arrange for the signs to be placed this financial year. However if no additional funds are available the signs will be included in 2015/16 Minor Works Programme for works to be carried out in the first quarter.”

Farington Street

I have recently raised residents’ complaints about the condition of the roadway on Farington Street.

I have now been advised by the City Council’s City Development Department that the roadway has now been checked by the area inspector.

Feedback is that repairs to the existing carriageway are not possible due to it being surface-dressed concrete, but the inspector has highlighted the poor condition of the roadway and it will be considered during the annual ranking exercise when roads and footways are assessed for possible inclusion in the roads resurfacing programme.

Good news on unadopted pavements – Perth Road (Riverside Drive to Ninewells Avenue – South Side)

Last year, the City Council agreed to a two and a half fold increase in funding for the unadopted footways capital programme, something I had argued strongly for. This will ensure that we make real, substantive progress towards getting the poor conditioned unadopted pavements across the City up to standard over the next few years.

The additional funding has already allowed for an increased programme in the current financial year (2007/8) including, in the West End, part of the pavements of Farington Street. I was pleased to learn that, one of the final projects in the 2007/8 year, will be upgrading part of Perth Road’s pavements, on the south side towards its western extremity. Householders living there (from Riverside Place westwards to 596 Perth Road and those between 610 and 630 Perth Road) have now been advised that, subject to their approval, works here on pavement improvement will start in the near future.

The Council will then undertake its 2008/9 programme (yet to be finalised but based on a priority scoring system) and this will benefit pavements in various parts of the City.

On another matter, the road surface (and associated cycle way and lighting) is to be improved on Riverside Avenue (from its junction with Riverside Drive and up to the junction with Wright Avenue near the Riverside Civic Amenity Site) is to be improved, with works starting on Saturday 9th February. The road will be closed during the works, lasting two weeks, with a diversion via Perth Road.