Early this week Thames Water finished their mains water project on Norwood Road and have now left the area free of diverted buses, extra traffic lights , cones and one lane roads. We have almost forgotten what it’s like to be free of road works as Thames Water started digging up Norwood Road in May 2019 and before that roadworks on Leigham Vale from 2016.
Thames Water has offered the local community £2,000 compensation for the disruption to our town centre. One suggestion is to produce and distribute a business /service directory to all the households surrounding West Norwood to encourage people to return to their local shopping centre and local traders.
Replacement of our trunk water mains is important infrastructure work BUT it will not reduce the numerous leaks in our local roads and pavements. Please continue to report these to Thames Water: https://www.thameswater.co.uk/contact-us/report-a-problem/report-a-problem-online or phone 0800 714 614 or facebook/twitter @thameswater
The original Thames Water Authority was privatised in 1989 and is now owned by Kemble Water Holdings. The largest shareholders are:
Canadian pensions group OMERS , BT Pension Scheme , the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the China Investment Corporation and the Kuwait Investment Authority.
See our recent earlier posts:
Elmcourt Health Centre
During testing Thames Water have just discovered that one of the new water main valves needs replacing. The faulty valve is under Norwood Road near Elmcourt Health Centre SE27 9AQ. This weekend Thames Water need to close one lane of traffic, with 2-way lights, so they can dig down to reach the faulty new valve deep beneath the road.
Thames Water will replace the valve by working at night from Sunday 17th May 10.30pm to 5.30am for about two weeks. This will help Thames Water keep to their revised August 2020 end-date for the Norwood Road water-mains project.
There will be an extra set of traffic lights during these night time hours only.
Any problems please telephone Thames Water 0800 316 9800 quoting project BB279802
Thames Water are writing to residents in the local neighbourhood with this
See our earlier posts:
19/4/20 , 3/1/20 , 21/12/19 , 3/5/19 , 23/1/19
Thames Water have revised their plans for Norwood Road again and will now not finish until 19th August 2020. The works are considered essential works so they are continuing during lockdown but at a slower pace due to social distancing.
The last 200m of mains pipes from Chatsworth Way to Robson Road will not be completed by Thames Water. Live waste water and other pipes have been found too close to the water main making it too difficult to replace the main.
Currently we have 2 sets of lane closures on Norwood Road controlled by traffic lights. Norwood Road at Knights Hill end will be re-opened to two-way traffic from the evening of Friday 24tH April. The traffic lights for the single lane outside Texaco garage will stay till the end of June.
The final stage of the mains replacement project will attach the 630m of new pipe to the main at Tulse Hill , involving a temporary diversion of the main so there is no disruption to the water supply. So from Monday 27th April there be lane closures again on Tulse Hill near its junction with Perran Road and some bus diversions around the one-way system. .
Robson Road will remain closed to north/west bound traffic. So the Herne Hill bound 322 bus will remain on diversion.
Thames Water intend to deliver a letter very soon with details of their plans to all households in the local area.
Thames Water is a private company owned by a series of investment companies through Kemble Water Holdings Ltd. It is regulated under the Water Industry Act 1991.
See our earlier posts:
Norwood Road is closed for northbound traffic following another burst water main early today by the Co op near Tulse Hill station. Thames Water are awaiting the arrival of a large pump this evening (10th July) before they can start work on the burst pipe.
They hope the emergency repairs will be completed and the northbound lane should be reopened on Sunday 14th July.
In the meantime all northbound traffic is diverted along Avenue Park Road.
Buses are too tall for the Thurlow Park Road rail bridge and therefore diverted along Thurlow Park Road and Croxted Road back to Norwood Road.
For details call Thames Water on 0800 714 614 quoting ref 31315053.
Come and see what the year long Thames Water road works on Norwood Road will mean to you. The detailed plans are expected to be displayed on Monday 13th May 5pm to 8pm at Salvation Army Hall 246 Norwood Road SE27 9AW and on Tuesday 14tH May 1pm to 4pm at West Norwood Library / Picture House, Norwood High Street SE27 9JX .
The works are due to start in evening Monday 27th May . The project is in stages with part of Norwood Road reduced to one line of traffic and some side roads closed up to June 2020.
Inevitably this will mean traffic congestion but all the shops & traders in West Norwood will remain open for business!
Thames Water are investing spending £14m on replacing our Victorian 21 inch water mains. They will be writing a letter confirming these details to every household in West Norwood within the next few days.
See our earlier posts: 9/4/19, 15/3/19, 23/1/19
Update 27.3.2019: It seems that the meetings mentioned below have been postponed. Still awaiting an update on this.
Thames Water will begin digging up Norwood Road on Tuesday 23rd April – just after the Easter bank holiday. The works will be done in sections starting at Tulse Hill station end. The works cause traffic disruption for over 7 months in West Norwood’s main shopping street.
To find out more please meet the people planning the project from Thames Water, the council and Transport for London between 1pm and 4pm on Monday 1st April at West Norwood Library, Norwood High Street SE27 0JX or in the evening at Salvation Army, Norwood Rd SE27 9AW on Tuesday 2nd April 5pm to 8pm .
These works are the third part of a £14m project to replace our local trunk water mains installed in 1870.
See our earlier posts:
Thames Water are planning to replace their water mains that run under Norwood Road in West Norwood later this year. The works will be disruptive causing congestion in the town centre for many months.
Detailed plans are being drawn up to minimize disruption to traffic and bus routes.Local councillors have organised a public meeting on Wednesday 30th January at 7pm in the Community Room at the back of West Norwood Library, Norwood High Street SE27 9JX.
Councillors want to hear the concerns of local businesses and residents and ensure these views are considered during the planning phase of this essential project.
In the meantime please report any water leaks direct to Thames Water: https://www.thameswater.co.uk/sitecore/content/tw-live/tw-live/Report-a-leak Telephone 24/7: 0800 714 614
For several weeks clean water has been running out of the road where Norwood Road meets Robson Road. Eventually Thames Water started the repair on 29th October and say its due to be completed on Friday 2ndNovember. In the meantime traffic cannot turn right out of Robson Road onto Norwood Road and nor can traffic turn right into Robson Road from Knights Hill.
Water is also leaking out of Norwood Road at the junction of Avenue Park Road since the summer. Councillors have chased up Thames Water several times – the repair will involve a road closure and be carried out at night ( ref 5011 577 836) – but no repair date has been set yet.
It is clear that despite the fine imposed by OFWAT this summer Thames Water are still struggling to reduce leaks: https://www.ofwat.gov.uk/pn34-18-ofwat-confirms-package-payments-penalties-thames-water-following-leakage-failures/
With winter coming there will be more leaks and more icy trips & slips. Leaks can be reported 24/7 on 0800 714 614 or use the Thames Water online form: https://www.thameswater.co.uk/help-and-advice/Report-a-problem/Report-a-problem
SGN engineers are still trying to find the source of the gas leak near Tulse Hill station SE27 today when 17 homes were evacuated.
In the meantime Norwood Road from Station Rise to Elmcourt Road is completely close to traffic and pedestrians. Traffic is diverted via the South Circular and Lancaster Avenue.
#432 bus is diverted via Streatham to Crystal Palace. #2 buses stop at the Tulse Hill one way system.
For details see: https://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/news/local-news/live-updates-west-norwood-homes-1961683 @CroydonAd
For travel updates check : @SGNgas @TfL bus alerts and see https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/bus-service-changes
Cllr. Jackie Meldrum in front of new KFC site
Kentucky Fried Chicken have won planning permission to open a restaurant seating 30 people and a takeaway at 489-491 Norwood Road SE27 9DJ beside Ardarshi chemist. The Independent Planning Inspector has overruled Lambeth council and approved the planning application decision including opening hours to 3am on Fridays & Saturday night.
KFC is one of the most popular fast food chains in the UK with about 900 stores. It was forced to close over half its branches this month due to problems with chicken distributor. See: Guardian article
KFC closed its smaller premises at 527 Norwood Road about a year ago.
For details of the new premises use ref 17/01574 and 18/00497 at Lambeth Planning Portal
West Norwood has had a KFC for some years at 527 Norwood Road SE27 9DL which closed at the beginning of February. These new premises will be much bigger allowing for up to 30 customers to eat in the restaurant at any one time as well as serving takeaway hot food.
See our earlier post
17/9/17 and 17/8/17 and 2/5/17