A bump in the road … gets bigger!Posted: July 4, 2015
The buses that pass up and down the road every ten to fifteen minutes are now swerving around the bulge … if they can. If they do hit the bulge, the sound is loud enough to be heard quite clearly and the road surface around the bulge ripples. The undersides of cars that try to drive over the bulge are grounding on its top, and it will only be a matter of time before a car is damaged.
The bulge has now become quite a talking point in the local area, and people walking past are stopping to look at it. No doubt the local council will eventually ‘investigate’ the bulge (I understand that quite a few people have already reported it) and may even get around to repairing it.
Only time will tell.
Latest update! (5.05pm)
Just as I was uploading this blog entry, a Metropolitan Police patrol car stopped by the bulge. Two police officer got out, and after looking at the bulge they contacted their Control Room for advice. (They told me that the bulge had been reported as a traffic hazard by a motorist.)
I understand that the Metropolitan Police has tried to get in contact with the local council, but is having difficulty getting through to anyone who can help. In the meantime the police car remains parked so that vehicles cannot hit the bulge.
Latest, latest update! (5.23pm)
A Transport for London (TfL) van has just arrived, and its occupant has just coned off and safety-taped the area around the bulge so that vehicles will be able to see it and avoid it. That done, the police and the TfL representative have just now departed.
Latest, latest, latest update! (5.45pm)
Workmen have arrived … looked at the bulge … moved the cones … and put a ‘Keep Right’ sign next to the bulge!