The long running saga of highways “improvements” to Barkingside High Street is not yet over. One aspect not yet initiated is the widening of the carriageway in Fremantle Road outside Clinton Cards at the traffic lighted junction. [The road to the left in the aerial photograph]. This is to enable the central bollard and pedestrian refuge to be moved northwards such that the westbound carriageway in Fremantle Road is wider thereby easing the difficulties that buses have in turning left into that road from the High Street.
The reason that this part of the project has been delayed is that the underground services had to be moved. A short while ago the pavement was uplifted and the necessary works carried out, BUT it was all reinstated. Why couldn’t they just get on and complete the job?
We now have a brand new stainless steel lamppost adjacent to the kerb which is scheduled to be moved. Not only has the pavement to be dug up and removed again but this new lamppost will also have to be moved and no doubt the electricity supply to it.
Of course all these extra and unnecessary works entail financial transactions which in turn are included as, wait for it, “Value adds” in Gross Domestic Product [GDP] and all add to the illusion of “economic growth”.
It is a fundamental problem with our present economic system that treating the “cost of failure” in this way results in rewarding incompetence.
Is it too much for council tax payers to expect “value for money”?
UPDATE: It would appear that the two new lampposts are not yet connected to the electricity supply [they were not switched on last night]. Possibly due to the services having been moved earlier and the contractors not being able find the supply?