On Wednesday, Croydon Council announced that Spring Lane bridge will remain closed for longer than anticipated. It is now planned to reopen the bridge on Monday 28th July.
The bridge is over 120 years old. It is being replaced by a new strengthened bridge which will incorporate a footway for pedestrians. Transport for London, who are carrying out the works, tell me that the principal reason for the delay is ground conditions being less stable than expected, which has meant that the bridge’s foundations have had to be redesigned and that pipes carrying essential BT cabling have had to be re-designed to cross the bridge.
This delay would be bad enough, but to make matters worse the Council hasn’t delayed the planned closure of Tennison Road bridge. For six weeks both bridges are going to be out of action at the same time, leading to massive congestion and misery for local residents.
Cllr Kathy Bee, the new Cabinet Member for Transport and the Environment, says “This has been a bit of a learning curve for everyone involved”, but the Council doesn’t appear to have learnt anything from when it closed both bridges at the same time for two weeks in March.
The work being done on both bridges is important, but couldn’t the Council have delayed the Tennison Road bridge works until Spring Lane bridge was complete as originally planned?
I have raised this question with Council officers. If you have any suggestions as to what else the Council could do to mitigate the impact of these works, let me know.