Another temporary traffic order – Thomson Street

Earlier this month, I advised of a temporary traffic order in respect of Thomson Street.   However, this temporary road closure from 13th June did not go ahead due to issues around the completion of the water supply to the care home extension at the south end of the street.
 
The temporary traffic order has now been rescheduled.    The City Council advises:
 
THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984  :  SECTION 14(1)
 
THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of Scottish Water service connection works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Thomson Street (from Magdalen Yard Road to approx. 100metres north), Dundee.
 
This notice comes into effect on Monday 27 June 2016 for 5 working days.
 
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
 
Alternative routes for vehicles are available via Perth Road / Roseangle.
 
For further information contact 433082.
 
Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Temporary traffic order – Thomson Street

From the City Council (for information, I have been assured that this should be the last traffic order in respect of the care home extension project in Thomson Street) :
 
THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 :  SECTION 14(1)
 
THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of Scottish Water service connection works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Thomson Street (from Magdalen Yard Road to approx. 100metres north), Dundee.
 
This notice comes into effect on Monday 13 June 2016 for 5 working days.
 
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
 
Alternative routes for vehicles are available via Perth Road / Roseangle.
 
For further information contact 433082.
 
Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Temporary Traffic Order – Thomson Street

From the City Council :
 
Dundee City Council propose to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating service connection works.  The Order is expected to be in force for two weeks from 2 May 2016.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.
 
The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in Thomson Street from Magdalen Yard Road for a distance of 100 metres or thereby north.
 
Vehicular access to premises will be maintained where possible.  Pedestrian provision will be maintained at all times.
 
An alternative route will be available via Roseangle and Perth Road.
 
Please forward any comments you may have regarding this proposal to the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee  DD1 1LS.    If you have any queries, please contact 433082.

Thomson Street to finally re-open to through traffic

Residents of Thomson Street will be pleased to learn that the street is finally to be re-opened to through traffic after many months of a closure of its southern end due to construction of a care home extension.
 
I have been given an assurance that, by Friday of this week, the street will be fully reopened, although there will need to be some traffic management – a ‘give and take’ system with just one lane operating.   This should not present problems due to relatively low vehicle numbers.
 
I have been asking the City Council for some time to liaise with the company constructing the care home extension to get the road re-opened as it has been closed for months, with only some through access at weekends.    Given the narrowness of the street, manoeuvring vehicles at the dead end has been an added difficulty.   I am therefore pleased the road will finally be open to through traffic.

Temporary Traffic Order – Thomson Street

From Dundee City Council :
 
“Dundee City Council proposes to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating demolition and building works.  The Order is expected to be in force for 10 weeks from 9th March 2015.    Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.
 
The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in Thomson Street from Magdalen Yard Road for a distance of 100 metres or thereby in a northerly direction.
 
Access to residents will be maintained where possible.  Pedestrian provision will be maintained at all times.
 
An alternative route will be available via Magdalen Yard Road, Windsor Street and Perth Road.
 
If you have any queries please contact 433082.”
 
I am advised that the Order is required to facilitate the building works to extend the nursing home at the bottom of Thomson Street.   There are some demolition works required in the first week or so.
 
I have received assurances that the builder has been asked by the City Council to letter drop the residents closest to the works and to maintain access to driveways where possible.

Thomson Street re-opens

Further to my article on Sunday, Thomson Street has now re-opened – see right – albeit at bit late – around 11am yesterday.
 
I am continuing to liaise with City Council officers on this matter, particularly to get clarification as to whether or not a further road closure will be necessary to complete servicing to the new townhouses at the top end of  the street.   The clear concern is that this will be necessary and the photo above hardly indicates a completed job.  Constituents in Thomson Street rightly feel they have put up with enough in the way of road closures and disruption.
 
The other issue will be to ensure the recently (and nicely) resurfaced road is restored to a good quality state at its north end.

Thomson Street to reopen tomorrow

As reported in yesterday’s Courier, I have been advised by Dundee City Council that the road closure affecting Thomson Street will end tomorrow night (Monday 16th July), having started later but run on longer than originally intended (it was originally to have closed for 5 days starting 25th June).

A number of residents have contacted me about the continued closure due to sewer connection works to new townhouses under construction and I’m therefore pleased to have been advised by the council that the road will be reopened by Monday night.

The work started later than intended because of weather conditions but I am told by the council that it cannot legally run past Monday and residents will be pleased to see their road reopened.    I hope all the connection works are completed by tomorrow as I want to see any further road closure in the future avoided.

The residents in the street have put up with extended closures in the past 18 months with previous closures due to works on the gas main and other utility works, so it will be good to see Thomson Street open again.

Thursday activities …

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting with a representative of Balgay Parish Church and – later – the Minister of St Peter’s Free Church, to discuss church and community issues.

Thereafter, I chaired the latest meeting of the West End Christmas Week committee (yes, Christmas Week planning in June!    It takes a bit of planning to organise the West End Christmas events!)   The big news is that the 12th West End Christmas Week will be the first West End Christmas Fortnight – starting on 17th November and ending on 1st December.

I also met with residents in Thomson Street (see right) – along with Tayside Police and Home Scotland representatives – to discuss parking and road safety issues.

Yesterday evening, I also held my weekly surgery at Blackness Primary School.

Thomson Street – road safety

Yesterday, I met with with a group of residents and a road safety officer from Dundee City Council in Thomson Street to discuss road safety concerns residents have raised regarding this extremely narrow road.

Concerns discussed included inappropriate use of the road by some large vehicles such as HGVs, the need for residents to sometimes reverse in the street when meeting on-coming traffic and whether or not a one-way operation of the road may help that, and the possible use of “Twenty’s Plenty” in the street to emphasise its very residential nature and narrowness.

The City Council will now give consideration to the points residents made at this constructive and useful meeting.

Thomson Street – resurfaced, reopened – saga ends!

After months of road closures to allow for works by Scottish Water, then Scotland Gas Networks, and finally Tayside Contracts to resurface the road, Thomson Street has now permanently reopened.     

The new road surface is excellent and it was good to be advised earlier today that the disabled parking bays for residents have been repainted.

The residents of Thomson Street have shown great patience through months of disruption and will be relieved to see the road upgraded and back open permanently.

Temporary Traffic Order – Thomson Street

Dundee City Council proposes to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating carriageway resurfacing works.  The Order is expected to be in force for 15 days from 25 April 2011.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.

The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in Thomson Street for its entire length.

Pedestrian thoroughfare is maintained and vehicular access to premises will be maintained where possible. 

An alternative route will be available via Perth Road/Windsor Street/Magdalen Yard Road.                                   

Please forward any comments you may have regarding this proposal to the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Tayside House, Crichton Street, Dundee, no later than five working days prior to the commencement date.

If you have any queries please contact the City Council on Dundee 433162.

Thomson Street finally reopens

As reported in tonight’s Evening Telegraph, Thomson Street has finally re-opened after months of closure due to works by Scottish Water and Scotland Gas Networks.

As the Tele reports, I have paid tribute to the patience of residents over months of disruption.   

Although there will be a 10 day further closure at the end of April to allow for road resurfacing works, it will mean that the current poor road surface, full of patches where the road has been dug up,will be properly renewed.

An end in sight for Thomson Street road closure

I am advised by the City Engineer that Thomson Street will finally re-open on 11th March.

Over past months, I have been raising numerous residents’ concerns during the road closure due to the Scottish Water and then Scotland Gas Networks (SGN) works – these concerns covering the delays in the work being completed and other issues such as bin collections.

Given that works on the roadway started way back on 23rd August, residents have been extremely patient during what has been many months of road closure.    I am therefore hoping that when the remaining work concludes, Thomson Street can get back to normality.

It is important that the road is properly resurfaced and I have also sought assurances that disabled parking bays will be properly renewed for residents after the road is resurfaced.

The City Engineer has advised me :

“SGN complete and road open by 11 March 2011
6 week period to allow settlement to take place
Surfacing works by Tayside Contracts 25 April 2011
Works will take up to 10 days”

Refuse collection – Thomson Street and Shepherd’s Loan

Following problems with the bin collection at Thomson Street yesterday that I raised with the Waste Management Department on behalf of residents, the City Council has advised :

“… there was no access to part of Thomson Street on Monday 21/2/11 due to further road works.  We made arrangements to uplift all bags presented at collection time and we will return again later in the week.   For information we have the same problem at part of Shepherds Loan and we will revisit later in the week.”

Thomson Street : re-opening in sight

After many months of road closure due to Scottish Water then Scotland Gas Networks works, as reported in today’s Courier, I have welcomed an update the City Council has given me that Thomson Street is scheduled to re-open to through traffic in around three weeks’ time.    

This project has taken longer than planned and the residents have suffered many months of no through traffic and parking difficulties.   It is good to see the works now coming towards an end and the street returning to normality. 

As I indicate in the Courier, the City Council has given me a commitment that the road will not be left long term with a patchworks of filled in holes and an uneven surface caused by the extensive works and the road will later be resurfaced properly – although at least 4-6 weeks after the pipes work is complete to ensure that any settlement is evident before resurfacing takes place.

Thomson Street latest

I have been advised by the council that :

“Thomson Street – now to remain closed until end of February 2011”

Given that the residents have now seen their road closed since 23rd August, firstly by Scottish Water work then works by Scotland Gas Networks, I queried the matter with Scotland Gas Networks (the work was originally to have been completed last month). The response from SGN is :

“Progress on site has been slower than we estimated due to the presence of rock below the ground surface, other utility apparatus and the difficulties in laying a large diameter gas pipe down a very narrow street. The severe winter weather at the end of November has also resulted in a 2 week shutdown on site and generally slowed things down e.g. we must now clear snow to allow our works to progress in a safe manner.

The site works will close down on Wednesday 22nd December 2010 for the Festive period and resume on Wednesday 5th January, 2011.
I can confirm that letters will be delivered to residents to advise them of the revised completion date.”

Whilst I think everyone appreciates the difficulties facing the contractor in the current weather conditions and there have also clearly been technical challenges too, I have asked Scotland Gas Networks to make every effort to get the roadworks finished and the road reopened as early as possible into the New Year.

The City Council has given me a commitment that the road will not be left long term with a patchworks of filled in holes and an uneven surface caused by the extensive works and the road will later be resurfaced properly – although at least 4-6 weeks after the pipes work is complete to ensure that any settlement is evident before resurfacing takes place.

Road closures – update

I have received an update from the City Council regarding two current road closures :

“Thomson Street will run for a further six weeks from the original end date. This is due to a combination of weather conditions and unforseen operational difficulties.
Park Place will run for a further two weeks from the original end date. Again this is due to weather conditions and unforseen operational difficulties.”

Whilst all accept it is reasonable to expect some delay given the weather conditions, I am speaking with the City Council and Scotland Gas Network’s contractor regarding the lengthy delay at Thomson Street. 

Thomson Street resurfacing promised

I am pleased to have received a commitment from Dundee City Council that it will ensure Thomson Street will be fully resurfaced following the road being dug up for works by Scottish Water and Scotland Gas Networks.

I approached the City Council on behalf of residents to get assurances that the “patchwork” road surface that will be left by weeks of work would be properly reinstated and have been advised by the City Engineer as follows :

“We have agreed with Turriff Contractors that it would be best to delay the surfacing works until early next year as we have concerns that there may be some subsidence of the gas main trench infill material and this will give the material time to settle and any subsidence to become evident. Turriff Contractors are proposing to make the road safe such as to be able to reopen the road and allow it to be trafficked in advance of the delayed resurfacing works.

Dundee City Council are then to carry out the resurfacing of this road, in conjunction with both Scottish Water and Turriff Contractors who are to provide contributions equal to the cost of any permanent reinstatements they are required to carry out. We are sorry for any further inconvenience this may cause the residents but ultimately we are seeking to protect them from further distruption that may be caused by failure of the trench reinstatements.

The final works in the new year will involve a 100mm plane out and resurface. The works will require a 10 day closure.”

Although the resurfacing will not take place until into the New Year for the reasons given, I am reassured to learn that a commitment has been given that the road will be properly reinstated as it has seen substantial digging up since the summer.

Thomson Street – latest

As reported in this morning’s “Courier”, I have expressed concern on behalf of residents about delays to the completion of works on Thomson Street that have resulted in the road’s closure since August.

The work has been undertaken by Scottish Water (a new water main – this work was undertaken first – starting 23rd August and was scheduled to take until around 19th September) and now Scotland Gas Networks (a gas renewal scheme, to start immediately Scottish Water complete their work. SGN’s gas renewal scheme was scheduled to take until 14th November).

Following residents expressing concern to me that work seemed to be behind schedule, I raised the issue with Scotland Gas Networks’ contractor and has received the following response :

“The original dates are only a best estimate for these types of works, as we never know what we are going to encounter when we dig a hole. Originally we were supposed to be into Thomson Street around w/c 13/09/10. Due to Scottish Water running a few weeks late we started on Monday 27/10/10 and are now into week six of our 12 week estimation. All going well we should be complete middle of December, if there is to be any change we will keep you informed in due course.”

I am concerned to learn about the delays to completing the works, particularly as the road has now been closed for months and there’s been considerable inconvenience to residents in terms of access, parking and servicing such as bin collections and deliveries. It is really important that this work is completed as soon as possible given this.

The City Council has asked the contractor to provide signage in the area as soon as possible to indicate the revised completion date of the works.

Thomson Street – latest

At the request of residents, I have been keeping a close eye on the road works and road closure in Thomson Street and have dealt with any issues residents raise.

Last week, the bin collection arrangements did not work well (bins not returned to residents by the contractor) and the brown bin collection arrangements did not really work at all.

I have been in touch with the City Council to ensure liaison arrangements with the contractor over cleansing collections work better in future weeks.

Thomson Street road closure – some issues raised

A couple of issues with the Thomson Street road closure that started earlier this week have been brought to my attention by residents :

* The length of the road closure – Residents have asked why the closure length is so long at any given time (about 100 metres) when not all of that length is being worked on. The City Council has advised me :

“The contractor is trying to balance the inconvenience to residents with completing work as swiftly as possible, hence barriering of the whole 100m sections to avoid any delay in moving parked cars or tracking down owners, some of which may not even be Thomson Street residents.”

However, the council further advises that the contractor does appreciate the problems faced by residents and is pleased to speak with any resident further about the matter.

* Bins collection – The Waste Management Department has advised me as follows :


“We met with the contractors Morrison construction and Turriff construction and the following arrangements have been made.
 

The contractors have notified the residents to present their domestic waste bins and recycling bins as normal on the collection days. The contractor will move the bins half to the top of the street at the Perth Road and half to the bottom of the street at Magdalen Yard Road and after we empty the bins they will then return them to the front of the properties.”

 

Thomson Street – latest

Further to my update last month on the impending gas and water work that will start next week in Thomson Street, I have received the following update from Scottish Water today :

Our contractors, Morrisons, will begin a short programme of work to replace more than 300 metres of ageing water mains in Thomson Street, Dundee. Work is planned to start on 23 August and last for approximately 4 weeks.

Our engineers will use the latest slip-lining method, in order to keep disruption to a minimum. Slip-lining involves easing the new durable, plastic pipe into the existing water main, which in itself provides a robust outer protection.

In order to keep traffic disruption to a minimum, we will only be working one section at a time. The letter below has been sent to local residents and further notices will be sent regarding the planned interruptions to supply :

Dear Customer,

Further to my letter dated 29th July 2010, I am writing to you as promised with an update on the work to replace the water mains in Thomson Street.

How this affects you
Work is planned to start on 23rd August and last for approximately 4 weeks. During this time it will be necessary to close Thomson Street to allow all work to be carried out as safely as possible. Work will be carried out in 3 sections and access will be maintained for 2 of the 3 sections of Thomson Street at any one time.

Work at section 1 will start on 23rd August followed by sections 2 and 3. Details of each of the 3 sections are as follows:

• Section 1 – Top of Thomson Street to 22/24a Thomson Street
• Section 2 – 22/24a Thomson Street to 46d Thomson Street
• Section 3 – 46d Thomson Street to Bottom of Thomson Street

Each section will take approximately 10 days to complete and an interruption to your water supply is required to connect your property to the new water main. Please be aware that the duration of each section may change depending on the progress of the work.

What do you need to know
Due to the nature of the water network, some properties will require more than 1 interruption. You will be given 48hrs notice of any supply interruptions.

Working hours will be Monday to Friday 07.30 to 18.00 hrs. No weekend working is anticipated at this stage.

Our contractor Morrison Construction will also assist with bin collections for each section when it is closed for our work. Bins should be taken out as normal where Morrison Construction will assist with moving bins to appropriate areas for collection.

Ally Mitchell from Morrison Construction will be available during working hours to provide assistance and can be contacted on 07809 530642. Any out of hours issues, please call our Customer Helpline detailed below.

We will make all reasonable efforts to minimise disruption.

We would like to thank you for your understanding and cooperation while we complete these essential works. If you have any questions or requirements about Scottish Water or the project, please call our Customer Helpline on 0845 601 8855 quoting reference “Capital/400797/MRN”

Temporary Traffic Order – Thomson Street

The City Council published the following Temporary Traffic Order today :

Dundee City Council propose to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating water and gas mains replacement works . The Order is expected to be in force for eighteen weeks from 23 August 2010 . Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.

The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in Thomson Street from Perth Road to Magdalen Yard Road.

Access for residents will be maintained where possible.

An alternative route will be available via Perth Road , Windsor Street and Magdalen Yard Road.

Please forward any comments you may have regarding this proposal to the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Tayside House, Crichton Street , Dundee , no later than five working days prior to the commencement date. If you have any queries please contact the City Council on 433082.

I have had various discussions with the City Council regarding this work being undertaken by Scottish Water (a new water main – this works will be undertaken first – starting 23rd August and likely to take until around 19th September) and then Scotland Gas Networks (a gas renewal scheme, to start immediately Scottish Water complete their work. SGN’s gas renewal scheme is likely to take until 14th November).
 
My main areas of discussion have surrounded assurances about access for residents during the work, particularly those with mobility difficulties, and about proper reinstatement of the road thereafter.
Speaking to the City Council again this morning, I am assured that the utility companies will be writing to residents shortly and I will be pleased, as always, to raise any concerns residents highlight during what will be significant gas and water works in Thomson Street in the coming months.

Latest updates …

A few Thursday updates :

* This morning, along with councillor colleagues, I had a very useful meeting with the Waste Management Department and the Environmental Health & Trading Standards Department about the problems of refuse presentation at various locations. This gave the opportunity to raise issues in specific streets in the West End where residents have complained about poor refuse presentation or wheelie bins being left out on the street permanently. The officers present gave very useful updates on their various initiatives to help tackle this problem, that is a source of many complaints from constituents.

* Further to Tavish Scott’s visit to Dundee yesterday, you can read the article about this in today’s Press and Journal by going to http://tinyurl.com/tavishpandj.

* I recently asked for additional grit bins for the north end of Thomson Street and the top end of Tait’s Lane. I am pleased to advise that the City Engineer updated me this morning as follows :

“The update to the grit bin issue in Tait’s Lane is that Tayside Contracts have been asked to set out a grit bin on the grassed area in the car park at 38 Tait’s Lane.
In Thomson Street, an order has been raised for the placing of a small grit bin on the east side at the top.”

Thomson Street – from the City Engineer

Further to my two recent updates on the smell problem in the roadway in parts of Thomson Street, the City Engineer has now advised :

“The Road Maintenance Partnership has replaced 4 gullies in Thomson Street with new covers, frames and pots. The pots have a water trap design similar to a domestic lavatory and rely on a water seal to prevent sewer gases escaping from the gully grating.

The gullies were inspected on 11 November and were found to all contain water as required for the seal. However it was also noted that the bungs within the gully pots intended to seal a rodding access to the sewer connection were not in place. As this effectively by-passes the water seal, this could well be the reason for the continued smell … the bungs have now been correctly installed and I hope that this will resolve the issue.
With the correct operation now of the gullies, there is nothing else that can be done from a Road Maintenance point of view. The sewer covers, which are the responsibility of Scottish Water are a vented type and should the sewer smell still be evident, the matter will need to be referred to Scottish Water for resolution.”

Update on smell problem in Thomson Street

Further to my article earlier today about Thomson Street, with regard to the smell issue, a resident has advised me that, later today, a City Council representative came round and checked the gullys and discovered that the bungs (that block or minimise the pipe connection with the sewer pipe) had not been put in.

He has now put bungs in and says this should hopefully sort things out.   Fingers crossed …