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​Croydon road will not fully reopen until 2018 because of ‘corroding’ bridge

​Croydon road will not fully reopen until 2018 because of ‘corroding’ bridge
Aug 12, 2016 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published on The Croydon Advertiser on 12/08/2016

​Croydon road will not fully reopen until 2018 because of ‘corroding’ bridge

A Croydon road may not fully reopen for nearly two years as contractors seek to fix a Victorian bridge in need of repair.

The bridge on Blackhorse Lane, in Woodside, is corroding and Transport for London (TfL) is working to find a long-term solution, which includes considering completely replacing the bridge.

However, these assessments could last several months and the work, due to start in 2017, is expected to continue until spring 2018 – a potential 18 months away.

Currently, a number of traffic management measures have been put in place by TfL and Croydon Council to restrict wide and heavy vehicles from using the bridge.

Several residents have told the Advertiser that heavy traffic builds up in the area as a result.

Rory O’Neill, TfL’s Director of Trams, said following a number of inspections, to preserve the lifespan of the bridge, they had to put the measurements in.

He added: “The bridge is around 120 years old and parts have become corroded over time.

“We are currently carrying out a feasibility study to find a long term solution, whether it be to strengthen or replace the bridge, and subject to funding work is due to start in 2017 with the road fully reopened in 2018.

“Going forward we will ensure that works are organised to keep any local road closures to an absolute minimum.”

The council spokesman added it was “too early to say” whether the measures could stay in place after the autumn decision.

Have you been affected by this closure? Email or cal 01737 305562.

The bridge was forced to close on Thursday due to the “width restriction being hit by a vehicle”, according to the council’s website.A council spokesman said: “While we assess whether to upgrade or replace the Blackhorse Lane bridge, we urge drivers to bear with us and observe the one-way and width restrictions that are there to keep the road open as much as possible.