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Burst water main on Wickham Road
04/07/2014 22:26:00

 
 

Residents in parts of Shirley have experienced low water pressure today and far more people have been affected by the closure of Wickham Road between Shirley Road and Orchard Avenue due to a burst water main.

Thames Water tell me the main will be replaced tonight but the road is likely to remain closed for a few days because significant damage has been done to the carriageway.

Transport for London are the highway authority for this road and will be updating their websitetheir website as work progresses.

Diversions have been put in place which should limit the impact on journey times (see below for bus diversions).

I am in contact with Croydon Council, Thames Water and TfL and will of course continue to monitor the situation and update my website accordingly.

Bus diversions.

Route 119 towards Bromley: From Shirley Road, ahead at roundabout - 2nd exit Upper Shirley Road, ahead Shirley Hills Road, left Gravel Hill, left at roundabout, 1st exit Kent Gateway, ahead Kent Gateway, ahead Addington Road to normal line of route.

Route 119 towards Croydon: From Addington Road, ahead at roundabout - 2nd exit Addington Road, ahead Kent Gateway, ahead at roundabout – 2nd exit Kent Gateway, right at roundabout – 2nd exit Gravel Hill, right Shirley Hills Road, ahead Upper Shirley Road, ahead at roundabout, 1st exit Shirley Road to normal line of route.

Route 194 towards Sydenham: From Shirley Road, ahead at roundabout - 2nd exit Upper Shirley Road, ahead Shirley Hills Road,, left Gravel Hill, left at roundabout, 1st exit Kent Gateway, ahead Kent Gateway, ahead Addington Road, left at roundabout – 1st exit Corkscrew Hill, ahead Wickham Court Road, ahead Station Road to normal line of route.

Route 194 towards Croydon: From Station Road, ahead Wickham Court Road, ahead Corkscrew Hill, right at roundabout – 2nd exit Addington Road, ahead at roundabout - 2nd exit Addington Road, ahead Kent Gateway, ahead at roundabout – 2nd exit Kent Gateway, right at roundabout – 2nd exit Gravel Hill, right Shirley Hills Road, ahead Upper Shirley Road, ahead at roundabout, 1st exit Shirley Road to normal line of route.

Route 198 towards Shrublands: From Shirley Road, ahead at roundabout - 2nd exit Upper Shirley Road, ahead Shirley Hills Road,, left Gravel Hill, left at roundabout, 1st exit Kent Gateway, ahead Kent Gateway, ahead Addington Road, left at roundabout – 1st exit Corkscrew Hill, ahead Wickham Court Road, left High Street, ahead at roundabout – 1st exit Wickham Road, left Bridle Road to normal line of route.

Route 198 towards Croydon: From Bridle Road right Wickham Road, ahead at roundabout High Street, right Wickham Court Road, ahead Corkscrew Hill, right at roundabout – 2nd exit Addington Road, ahead at roundabout - 2nd exit Addington Road, ahead Kent Gateway, ahead at roundabout – 2nd exit Kent Gateway, right at roundabout – 2nd exit Gravel Hill, right Shirley Hills Road, ahead Upper Shirley Road, ahead at roundabout, 1st exit Shirley Road to normal line of route.

Route 367 towards Bromley: From Shirley Road, ahead at roundabout - 2nd exit Upper Shirley Road, left Shirley Church Road right Hartland Way, right Wickham Road to normal line of route.

Route 367 towards Croydon: From Wickham Road, left Hartland Way, right Shirley Church Road, right Upper Shirley Road, ahead at roundabout, 1st exit Shirley Road to normal line of route.

Route 689 towards Monks Orchard: From Addiscombe Road at Shirley Road, ahead Addiscombe Road, ahead Long Lane, right The Glade to normal line of route.

Route 689 towards Croydon: From Orchard Avenue, left Wickham Road, left Monks Orchard slip Road, right Monks Orchard Road, right Wickham Road, right Orchard Avenue, ahead The Glade, left Long Lane, ahead Addiscombe Road to normal line of route.

Update 05/07/14 13:05

Thames Water have informed TfL that engineering works are complete and that the repair of the damaged road is due to start today. As yet I have not received confirmation of what time this will start but as soon as I do I will update this site.

Update 5/07/14 19:17

Wickham Road remains closed between Orchard Way and Shirley Road. The water leak has been repaired but there is a need to repair the damage caused by the water leak to the road structure.

The diversion for through traffic travelling eastbound is being picked up at A232 (Glebe Way) and diverted into Wickham Court Road/Corkscrew Hill/Kent Gate Way/Gravel Hill/Shirley Hills Road/Upper Shirley Road.

For displaced westbound traffic the diversion is Upper Shirley Road/Shirley Hills Road/Gravel Hill/Kent Gate Way/Corkscrew Hill/Wickham Court Road/High Street.

Traffic travelling southbound along Orchard Way will be diverted left into Wickham Road/High Street/Wickham Court Road/Corkscrew Hill/Kent Gate Way/Gravel Hill/Shirley Hills Road/Upper Shirley Road. Access for local residents has been maintained.

Thames Water have now said they are unable to source equipment to resurface the damaged section of road until Sunday at the earliest. In view of this TfLs Highways team has arranged do this work for them. At present it is uncertain as to the extent of the damage but all going well the surfacing tonight will hopefully allow Wickham Road to open under two way signals on Sunday.

Update 06/07/14 11:26

TfL's contractor worked tirelessly throughout the night and managed to get all the resurfacing completed by 2.30am. The road was then re-opened and services are all back to normal.

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Readers' Comments

On 05/07/2014 09:36:00 Grahame wrote:
I do hope that Thames Water will foot the bill for all this- the road repairs for example- and not the taxpayer (including payers of business rates).

I also hope that Thames Water will issue a formal apology (if they have not done so already) for the disruption which has been experienced by everyone but has hit particularly hard people who are dependent on public transport: eg old people, women with young children, disabled people, children of school age and so on.

Thames Water is a private company but as a public utility it has social responsibilities.

 
On 05/07/2014 10:54:00 Jim wrote:
Nobody knew what was happening at East Croydon last night - nothing on the bus stops and the TfL website just saying that buses were diverted without giving any detail (if it was there, it was buried). The first most knew of the problem was when hapless drivers did their best to tell people as they were boarding, but didn't seen to know what other buses were doing. A 194 was terminating at Trinity School. A 119 driver arrives saying Wickham Road is closed and the nearest stops to get off are at Shirley Road or Colney Hall. So just as the rain starts, commuters walk the length of Wickham Road without knowing that 198s are accessing the eastern end of Shirley via West Wickham. All very silly.

Some 8 hours after the event, TfL seem incapable of delivering information efficiently to it's poor customers. Perhaps if their own staff had to pay like the rest of us (free travel - typical public sector cushy arrangement), they'd be less arrogant about things.

 
 

 

 

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