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Spring Lane Bridge closure
14/03/2014 16:48:00


Starting in a few weeks’ time, Spring Lane Bridge is going to be replaced by a new strengthened bridge with a footway for pedestrians.

The bridge has been struggling to cope with the increased pressure being put on it by modern day traffic levels for some time now. That’s why for the past four years the 130 and 312 buses and heavy goods vehicles have been diverted away from the bridge, causing a lot of inconvenience for local residents.

In order for the strengthening works to be completed:

• From 22nd March to 24th March there’ll be a single lane closure and southbound traffic only on Spring Lane.

• From 25th March to 15th June Spring Lane will be closed from its junction with Estcourt Road to its junction with Longhurst Road.

• From 16th June to 7th July there’ll be single lane closure and southbound traffic only on Spring Lane.

TfL will be holding a drop in session on Thursday 20th March 2014 from 7.00pm until 8.30pm at St Luke’s Church Hall, Spring Lane. Officers from Croydon Council will be there to answer any questions you may have.

If you need more information at any stage of the construction, please contact TfL on 0343 222 1234 or via the web at www.tfl.gov.uk/contact.

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Readers' Comments

On 14/03/2014 19:10:00 Gary Shevel wrote:
Am I to assume then that the 130 & 312 buses will resume their 'old' Spring Lane route when the bridge strengthening works are completed? Furthermore, on the topic of bus routes, will the 130 extend its journey beyond South Norwood and continue onto Thornton Heath as was proposed 5/6 years ago? Major alterations to the junction of Park Road & Whitehorse Lane were carried out to make it easier for the 130 bus to negotiate turning, then when Spring Lane was closed for safety reasons the Thornton Heath extended route was' put on the back burner'. Please advise ...

Thank you.

On 14/03/2014 19:21:00 Melanie wrote:
Will miss the three bus service down morland road. Back to waiting half hour for the 197 bus. Perhaps tfl should consider a more regular service for the 197 or provide another bus service as well.
On 14/03/2014 22:22:00 scj wrote:
Is it necessary for Spring Lane and Tennison Road to be closed at the same time for long periods?
On 15/03/2014 00:56:00 David Beard wrote:
I'm interested in the work to be carried out on the bridge in Spring Lane. Presumably, the reason for the closures during March to July is due to the strengthening work being carried out.

Can you tell me what will happen to the Woodside station building? Is it to be demolished? If not, is it to be restored to it's former glory and perhaps a tenant(s) found for it?

On 15/03/2014 09:03:00 Melissa wrote:
With all this work going on now, will the intention of tfl, be to reinstate the the 2 said buses back onto their original routes by 8th July?
On 15/03/2014 10:38:00 Richard Palmer wrote:
Look forward to getting the 312 bus route back along Lower Addiscombe Road
On 15/03/2014 12:09:00 lesley ringwood wrote:
Does this mean the bus routes will be reinstated once the work is completed?
On 17/03/2014 16:36:00 Cllr Adam Kellett, Ashburton ward wrote:
TfL plan to reinstate the 130 and the 312 to their previous routes as soon as Spring Lane bridge is replaced, so the 130 will no longer serve Addiscombe District Centre and the 312 will do so instead of going via Morland Road. These diversions have been costing London Buses £500,000 a year. Furthermore, the 130 will be extended to Thornton Heath in the near future. The works have been co-ordinated with Tennison Road bridge so that closing both at the same time is kept to an absolute minimum. The Woodside Station building is actually on a separate bridge to the roadway so is unaffected by these works.
On 28/03/2014 13:27:00 Neil wrote:
My suggestion once the bridge has reopened is for the 130 bus to return to it's original routing, but also to scrap the 312 (because of duality with the 197 route), and to use the saved buses to increase the frequecies on the 197 and 367 routes. Further, extend the 197 route down to South Croydon Bus Garage.

Cruicially, no more extra resources should be required, but it should result in a better balance of buses between Morland Road and Lower Addiscombe Road travelling to and from Croydon. If the 312 just went back as before, then Lower Addiscombe Road would have the 289, 312 and 367 going into Croydon, whereas Morland Road would just have the 197 after 4 years of a bus service people have got used to. Not very equitable use of resources or fair in my opinion, hence why I suggested the compromise above to TfL..

Be interested in others views.




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