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:
Thames Water now need to work outside Elmcourt Rd during this weekend daytime Saturday (23rd ), Sunday (24th) & Monday (25th) so there will be extra day time traffic lights in place.
Keep watching this space!
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:
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
315 going up York Hill
When Thames Water start digging up Norwood Road to lay a new water main they plan to close York Hill and Lancaster Avenue for 71 days. The 315 bus will be on diversion the long way round to Leigham Court Road via Knights Hill and Crown Lane.
As well as taking passengers to Streatham the 315 is a vital lifeline to many older people living in the streets around the top of York Hill. This part of the route is hail and ride and does not have bus stops with diversion information. Please mention this important change to the 315 bus service to any neighbour who relies on this bus to get to and from West Norwood.
Thames Water are now expected to start their road works just after the May bank holiday. They will post leaflets and hold public meetings as soon as they can confirm a start date.
The start date has slipped from the one in our earlier post 15/3/19
Thames water are fixing yet another leak under Chapel Road SE27 0TY at its junction with Knights Hill.
Unfortunately the proposed works by Thames Water to replace a 21inch water mains under Norwood Road will not stop more localised smaller leaks.
Please keep reporting, seeps, trickles and streams of clear water direct to Thames Water at:
Or telephone 0800 714 614 – line open 24/7.
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
Thames Water are shutting a small section of Canterbury Grove for a few days starting Thursday 13th September. The road closure means a diversion for traffic including the 315 bus.
The delayed road resurfacing works for Royal Circus are due Thursday 27th September for 2 days. The 315 bus will be diverted between 8am and 5pm.
When these roads are closed the 315 bus will be diverted up Knights Hill along Crown Lane and down Leigham Court Road.
See our earlier post 8/8/18
Royal Circus SE27 is due to be resurfaced on Thursday & Friday this week. And next week York Hill by Cambrian Close SE27 0BS is due to be closed for about 5 days from Monday 13thAugust for more water works .
Look out for road diversion signs and 315 bus diversions. When the roads are closed the 315 bus will be diverted up Knights Hill along Crown Lane and down Leigham Court Road.
Stop press: Royal Circus works now postponed for several weeks.