Thames Water started replacing water mains in the streets around Royal Circus SE27 from 25th January 2021 by closing Broxholm Road. Unfortunately the works at Broxholm Road took twice as long as planned. The road was finally due to be re-opened to through-traffic last weekend 23/5/21 after 4 months of closure.
Sections of Canterbury Grove have been closed since 15th February. The 315 bus is now diverted the long way round via Knights Hill, Crown Lane and Leigham Court Road whilst the section between Pyrmont Grove and Ivymount Road (pictured) remains closed till 20tH June.
In addition: St Julians Farm Road closed on 26th April for emergency works by Thames Water – with no date yet for completion. (pictured)
Having three through-routes from Leigham Court Road to Knights Hill/Norwood Road closed at the same time is having a major impact on traffic at busy times.
Knollys Road, Glennie Road and Egremont Road have all been severely impacted. And there is increased traffic on Leaf Grove, Cheviot Road, Roxburgh Road and Lakeview Road.
Thames Water is a key utility company and is permitted to do what is required to invest in our local infrastructure. Your local councillors have requested the council only gives permission for one planned road closure at a time.
Please look out for a new letter, requested by your local councillors, from Thames Water outlining the changes to their plans. Their last letter was delivered in January and talked about a five month programme of works . Residents will be living with disruption for another few months at least – as clearly Thames Water will take much longer to finish.
Thames Water have a new infrastructure project for the SE27 streets around Royal Circus – between Broxholm Road and Canterbury Grove.
Between mid-January 2021 and June 2021 Thames Water want to replace 1.7miles of 100 year old cast iron water mains in these streets: Broxholm Road, Cambrian Close, part of Canterbury Grove, Chartham Grove, Egremont Road, Glennie Road, Ivymount Road, part of Lansdowne Hill, Portal Close, Pyrmont Grove, Royal Circus, Waldeck Grove and part of York Hill.
The plan is to carry out works one street at a time. Traffic will be managed using traffic lights to close one lane in each road in turn. The 315 bus service should not be disrupted.
Look out for a letter addressed to affected residents from Thames Water early in January – just as soon as details of this important infrastructure project are finalised.
For information on the Norwood Road water mains replacement project, completed in summer 2020, see our previous post 24/7/20.
Thames Water is spending around £5m relining the Leigham Vale water main and surrounding works. As the mains are underneath our roads the roads have to be closed to traffic to access the pipes. Leigham Vale remains closed to through traffic till the end of July 2017.
The section of road from the Leigham Vale – Knollys Road roundabout to Leigham Court Road is now one way and closed to eastbound traffic for the next 4- 6 weeks. So all our east – west streets off Leigham Court Road are likely to have increased traffic , particularly Rosedene Avenue / Mt Nod Road and Canterbury Grove.
35 new homes are under construction on the old warehouse site at 17-23 Canterbury Grove and due to be finished in May 2011.
Unfortunately in October, the road collapsed when a heavy crane was delivering large concrete slabs to the site. The water main below was damaged and the contractors had carry out repairs leaving a lot of mud and ice on the road and pavement during the bad weather. The developer was asked to keep the area gritted and as clean as possible. Now that the repairs have been completed, there should be less disruption to local residents but do telephone Considerate Construction on 0800 783 1423 if there are further problems.
Labour Candidate Jane Pickard on the litter strewn bridge
Labour campaigner Jane Pickard was shocked at the state of the foot bridge over the railway at Canterbury Grove. The bridge hasn’t been swept during the bad weather and so the litter has turned into a soggy mush. So this week Jane met with one of the West Norwood Street Inspectors who promised to get the walkway of the bridge cleared up and all the litter removed from under the bridge steps.
Jane says: “The footbridge is a litter blackspot, especially the area underneath the steps. As a resident of Thurlby Road, I do use the bridge and will be checking to make sure it doesn’t get this bad again.”
Network Rail are responsible for clearing the litter beside the track using litter picking teams specially trained to work close to trains. The Labour Action team has asked for a litter pick to be done soon – before spring when the weeds will growing all over the litter.