Yesterday there was a fire at a house in Whitestile Road. A fire engine arrived but was unable to get to the house due to LTN blocking their way. Three members of the crew got out and walked up to the house on the other side of the barrier in Whitestile Road. Another fire engine then had to go along the A4, up Ealing Road and then into Whitstile Road, where they teamed up with the crew whose fire engine had been blocked from attending. Fortunately this incident wasn't more serious thanks to the quick thinking fire crew. But why oh why do we put them in predicaments like this?! I thought that the emergency services were able to move these barriers in cases of an emergency!
Debbie Paradin ● 14d16 Comments
Is that seriously your answer. We told them so they should remember every roadblock in the borough. I think you should have a word with yourself and come back down to earth. Someone's home is destroyed and it could have resulted in a loss of life because you and your cronies have run around the borough putting up roadblocks on your anti car campaign and all you can say is we told them. Your response beggars belief. Lucky there were two fire engines free then.
Robert Ayres ● 5h
When emergency services are in hurry they need to get from A to B ASAP. Sadly the badly thought out LTNs should not be there causing obstruction on any route. Don't forget the LTN protest march on Sat 24th 3pm Blondin Park
Elizabeth Price ● 3d
I can't speak about the fire engines although they should know by now where the LTNs are.However it is very noticeable with a lot of companies that there doesn't seem to be the same management as there once was. Operatives now seem to be freelance and although you may have given lots of instructions to their office about what went wrong and how to get to your office they just arrive without the required notice and then expect somebody to be there to tell them all over again because the info is not passed on to them by their office or perhaps they can't or don't read instructions... It's far from world-class or world-beating.
Philippa Bond ● 9d
I had dropped something off and was headed down and stopped at bottom of Junction Road when I heard the fire engine. It stopped at 112 and then 3 members of the crew went over to house/ flat number 120 or 130 something..It is simply not possible for an emergency service vehicle to get from 112 to 114 Whitestile Road because of the LTN's blocking access. Why can they not be removable in cases of emergency? Very ill-thought out plan although personally speaking I don't believe any thought went into it at all!
Debbie Paradin ● 9d
The use of concrete blockade has been criticised by several organisations in the UK but not those in London funded by the GLA.They are to much in the hands of puppet masters to be able to speak out.Those at the top get silenced far too easily and shoved out if they dare speak out.The wooden planters are such that a fire engine can shove them out of the way with minimal damage to appliance - an expensive piece of kit that is ultimately paid for by council tax payers.Many have incurred damage from bollards and barriers of sorts. But woe betide the management if they dare make a comment. It's easier to give the driver a barracking.
Raymond Havelock ● 10d
Yes, Cllr Lambert – clearly this was the fault of the London Fire Brigade for failing to remember all the road closures in a ten mile radius – clearly not the fault of brainless and ill thought-out changes made against the express and well-publicised views of local residents who all predicted the problems in restricting emergency access and the increased danger this will put us in. You have decided to ignore almost total opposition to this lunatic scheme and will accept no criticism when the obvious flaws are pointed out. I have made several requests in this forum for funding to be used to replace school crossing patrols – this would be a universally popular idea, but one you have chosen to ignore and will do so again. This proves that, whatever the reason for implementing LTNs, it was nothing to do with road safety.
Graham Thorpe ● 10d
Perhaps Cllr Lambert and his colleagues could be employed to act as traffic marshals to direct the emergency services through the new road layouts. I’m sure they’d be used to the job after a year.
Simon Hayes ● 13d
Ah, the predictable blame someone else/ denial mode. Took longer than I expected. Never mind only thirteen more months of dictat before the polls speak!
N V Brooks ● 13d
Mr Lambert, I think the main issue is the fact that navigating the somewhat convoluted new system (the effectiveness/benefit of which is itself debatable) takes extra time that could make all the difference to preservation of life in an emergency.
Debbie Paradin ● 13d
I think the main issue is the fact that navigating the somewhat convoluted new system (the effectiveness/benefit of which is itself debatable) takes extra time that could make all the difference to preservation of life in an emergency.
Debbie Paradin ● 13d
South Ealing Road is closed again as the new gas main failed within a week of completion.Reports of a strong smell of gas - right beside a fuel station! Yet went unheeded for several days.But the road has been closed off for the last 7 days.A wrong turn into a single track road that turns out to be blocked without turning circles or exits is simply foolhardy.Fire Engines come from any available station. These Blockades do not show on sat nav. The Drivers are watching the roads not screens, especially when out of the usual locality.The Ealing appliance was faced with a plethora of Signs at Popes lane,Windmill road has been queues most of the week and weekend. A stupidly placed chicane renders it impossible for large vehicles to pass and emergency vehicles regularly get stuck to the point that alternative routes have to be used over the shortest and logical route.South Ealing Road is not built for the increase in HGVs which was noticeable when it reopened. Most using it to avoid Boston Manor road and the lengthy delays simply to get to Ealing.Sooner or later this will cost lives. It's not thought out properly.Needless to say, the DDR method of democracy of this City chastises anyone in the emergency services to dare disagree with policy. No-one listens to the front line people and management are puppets who risk careers if they speak out.
Raymond Havelock ● 13d
Guy, you are not being realistic if you expect every fire crew to have memorised every road change particularly those made on a 'temporary' basis. All fire engines have GPS trackers and, to the best of my knowledge, use a proprietary sat nav system to get them to incidents as quickly as possible. Is your transport team providing data to London Fire Brigade on LTNs in a format they can use to update their systems and, if not, why not?
Mark Evans ● 13d
Counting down the days , when this dangerous, embarrassing, ill thought out congestion and pollution nightmare has gone!
Nick Jenkins ● 14d
I don't understand why the fire service have yet to cotton on that - after 6 to 9 months - certain routes that were historically available are not any more. They were consulted on the Hounslow schemes before they were put in so they have known about them for nearly 12 months. It is perfectly possible to get to any address in Whitestile Road as the other fire engine (which I believe came from Ealing) managed.
Guy Lambert ● 14d
This sounds appalling. According to a list circulated online, the number of delays reported by the Fire Brigade due to traffic calming measures has increased in the LB Hounslow from 16 to 31 in the year from June-November 2019 to June - Nov 2020. This degree of increase does not apply to every borough where LTNs have been introduced but it should be investigated.
Ian Speed ● 14d