Award-winning firm facing ruin if Croxley Rail Link goes ahead in current form (From Watford Observer)
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'Croxley Rail Link will destroy my business'
The director of an award-winning engineering contractor, based in Croxley Green, said he will be unable to maintain his business if a rail-viaduct pier was built on his property.
Trevor Cinnamond said he has been based on the roundabout between Watford Road and Baldwins Lane since 1985.
One of the piers will cover the access to Mr Cinnamond’s site and will require the entrance to be moved closer to Baldwins Lane, something Mr Cinnamond said would cause traffic accidents.
He said: "I take issue with the pier covering the entrance and I don’t see why it cannot be moved closer to the A412.
"If you move the entrance closer to Baldwins Lane, there will be accidents because of the way traffic tries to exit Baldwins Lane.
"There are about ten to 15 vehicles moving in and out of the site a day. I am asking the Croxley Rail Link team to move the piers so I can maintain my business."
In a traffic study commissioned by Mr Cinnamond, Keith Robinson, from Traffic Impact, said the new entrance presented problems for traffic.
Mr Robinson said the visibility for drivers heading towards Baldwins Lane would be restricted, and commercial vehicles approaching from Baldwins Lane would find the left turn into the site more difficult.
He also suggested it could cause confusion when vehicles intend to enter the Cinnamond site.
Martin Morris, principal permanent way engineer at Sinclair Knight Merz (Europe) Ltd, explained that if the piers were moved and were not equidistant, the underside of the viaduct would have to be strengthened and made deeper between certain piers, making the clearance over the road insufficient for highway specifications.
He said: "The viaduct must have a constant design all the way though. The piers must be at equidistant centres all the way though.
"For a 45 metre span, that would put one pier in the dual carriageway and one on your [Mr Cinnamond’s] driveway.
"If the pier in your entrance was moved to the east it would shorten the span to the dual carriageway pier and would require an additional span on Mr Cinnamond’s land.
"It would also cause poor sight lines for the cycle way and footpath along that side of the road. You are blocking the view of cyclists to see around the pier and what’s in front of them
"There could be a pedestrian walking in the cycleway and you would have no chance of avoiding them."
Mr Cinnamond accepted Mr Morris’s view but asked why the cycleway could not be redesigned.
"I don’t see the problem with sight lines myself," he added.
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