Update on South End Roadworks
11/07/2014 18:01:00......Posted by Helen Pollard
I have enquired about the work being carried out in South End as it is causing disruption and residents have asked when it will be finished. The works will finish in November but here is the detailed response which gives information about the timings and the work involved:
We commenced our works on Aberdeen Road junction as planned on Monday 9th. These consisted of setting up the traffic management and using the period before 4pm on Wednesday to take up the old kerbs lay new granite ones in their place, pouring the concrete base to the footpaths and forming a small entrance to TXT bar. The limited working area, the need to maintain a footway and the pedestrian crossing together with the requirement that we minimise traffic disruption meant that we could not safely work any quicker.
Regarding the length of time to the works schedule, the works are still scheduled to finish in November although we are unable to complete the “Restaurant Run” in time for the Food Festival.
This necessitated a re-think of the order in which we construct the scheme, for example:
- Coombe Road Junction – these works were due to commence following the food festival, this section is now 90% complete to date and also included essential maintenance work by TfL to the traffic signals
- Aberdeen Road Junction works were due to commence following the Food Festival; not only have we completed them early but we also enabled Thames Water to repair a leaking water main in the carriageway
- Southbridge Road Junction works were not due to commence until after the Food Festival but have been advanced to start 23/6 and be completed in time for the Food Festival
Elsewhere, new street lighting is progressing as planned with those in the vicinity from Coombe Road to just before your property completed. Due to a re-profiling of the works to the other side of the road, installation of those streetlights will now not start until the main works commence from Monday 21/7 (day after the Food Festival) when, for six weeks, traffic on this section of South End will be one-way-only from Southbridge Road to Coombe Road.
The novel cycle stands in South End are a first for Croydon; we are hoping that they will prove popular with cyclists and may even encourage people to cycle to South End rather than use their car. They will be removed before construction works are complete and relocated to another of the Connected Croydon construction sites where we hope they will fulfil the same function.
Here is the information I received from the Project Manager regarding the preparations for the Food Festival on 20th July:
Please can I reassure you, the area will be restored starting the week prior to the food festival. Programmed works are already scheduled, for example:
Monday 14/7 - Evening work takes place for the resurfacing of the parking bays along with temporary works to the carriageway
Monday 21/7 (following the Food Festival) South End will be placed under a temporary traffic management order in a Northerly direction into Croydon - this will be in place for 6 weeks to complete the works safely to this area.
Monday 21/7 - Pop up bus stops will be included in this area to compensate setting down and pick up points in the restaurant quarter.
Monday 21/7 - Temporary Loading Bays will be included in the immediate area to support businesses goods and services - a logistic plan is being compiled and will be controlled by the contractor
As you can appreciate the joint working with utility companies, the nature of the works, maintaining traffic through this tight area has been a challenge in itself - we are now in week 18 of a 39 week programme.
Progress appears to be slow, but in fact it is not. A traffic logistics group meets weekly with representatives from TfL, LBC, Network, Parking services and Highways. Together we forward plan activities within the programme ensuring accesses to business are operational, traffic runs smoothly, operatives can work in a safe manor and pedestrian health and safety is maintained.
I have enclosed a traffic management plan outlining the traffic flow and diversions during the 6 weeks under a one way system, this will also be communicated with traders, residents and users of the area. This will be communicated via our websites: