Camelot Commences!

After many years of waiting, the sole access route to properties along Camelot Street and the Brookside Road estate is FINALLY being resurfaced.

For residents and businesses who, for around a decade, have had to endure bone-shaking journeys over the potholes and patching along one of Ruddington’s worst roads, it’s not a minute too soon!

A full highway resurface has been agreed for all of Camelot Street – also extending into Shelton Gardens, Camelot Crescent, Swanson Court, Woodhouse Gardens and Brookside Road – which will tie in with previous resurfacing work carried out on the rest of the estate over two years’ ago.

Team Manager Design (Maintenance) at Via East Midlands, Peter Topliss, explains: “The works were delayed for a couple of reasons. The scheme was originally intended to be a patch and micro asphalt resurfacing scheme similar to what was carried out on the rest of the estate, however, an inspection of the site determined that the road condition on Camelot Street was such that the proposed treatment wasn’t suitable and increased funding would be required to carry out a resurfacing scheme – which would also include addressing minor standing water issues. In addition, the development of the former lace factory was in progress and it was better for this to be complete, due to increased vehicle movements the site would generate which could have had a detrimental effect on any work carried out; and potential development works requiring excavation of the highway.”

Since then, this disintegrating section of road has been patched numerous times – with hundreds of householders and workers on the estate risking damaged vehicle suspensions and buckled bike wheels on a daily basis whenever a new crater appeared! To make things worse, COVID-19 then delayed Via East Midlands’ intended programme of repairs this Spring.

Now, however, relief is at hand! The highly anticipated full resurfacing work is due to begin on Monday September 7th when the Via team will “…install a new gully opposite number 16 Camelot Street, install channel blocks to re-grade the carriageway channel outside properties 18 to 24 and replace damaged kerbs on the bend opposite Woodhouse Gardens. Then Tarmac will be onsite to carry out carriageway resurfacing from 26th to 30th September says Mr Topliss.

Camelot Street and adjacent roads are finally getting the urgent attention they need

The resurfacing schedule is as follows:

Saturday 26th September

  • 08.00hrs – 17.00hrs Plane 50mm and prepare iron work total area – soft closure (to allow traffic marshals to control traffic by hand with long periods up to 15 minutes on waiting on all stop).
  • 17.00hrs – 23.00hrs Preparing and adjusting iron work near bends – HARD CLOSURE

Sunday 27th September

  • 08.00hrs – 17.00hrs Plane additional 60mm depth on narrow section near Woodhouse Gardens to the access for the new estate off brookside Road – soft closure
  • 17.00hrs – 23.00hrs Lay binder and surface courses on narrow section near Woodhouse Gardens to the access for the new estate off Brookside Road – HARD CLOSURE
  • 17.00hrs – 23.00hrs Lay surface course on bend near Shelton Gardens – HARD CLOSURE

Monday 28th September

  • 09.00hrs (later start) – 17.00hrs Lay surface course on one side between bends – soft closure

Tuesday 29th September

  • 09.00hrs (later start) – 17.00hrs Lay surface course on one side between bends – soft closure

Wednesday 30th September

  • 09.00hrs (later start) – 17.00hrs Lay new road markings – soft closure – note the whole day should not be required for this element of the works.

Note that SOFT CLOSURE indicates access will be available, albeit subject to delays of up to 15 minutes. HARD CLOSURE means extremely limited access, except in an emergency, with delays of up to 30 minutes at a time.

Mr Topliss adds: “When we have final confirmation from Tarmac, a letter will be delivered to all properties on and accessed by Camelot Street, normally at least two weeks before work is due to start.”

Resident Craig Sharp comments: “We’ve only been waiting for over 10 years” whilst Nicola Burton says: “My car will be pleased!”  Phillip Walker quips: “That’s a shame, riding my bike down that street was my favourite off road adventure.”  

If the planned resurfacing schedule changes again, we’ll endeavour to let you know here at RUDDINGTON.info.

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