Traffic is flowing northwards along Knights Hill again today. Shops in West Norwood are open for business – just in time for last-minute Christmas shopping in our local shops.
Due to a burst watermain last Sunday the road was closed causing massive disruption to residents and businesses. Northbound buses were diverted by Streatham Common and Streatham High Road as Leigham Court Road was also closed due to a burst water main! Homes had no water supply for several days.
The one way system outside West Norwood Library SE27 9JX is closed for about a week so Thames Water can fix a burst water main.
Burst in road outside the library
Southbound traffic traffic along Norwood High Street will be forced to use other local routes.
Southbound bus routes are affected. The southbound 68 bus terminates at Tulse Hill station stop and the northbound 68 is not picking up from the Perran Road stop.
The 2, 196, 432 and 468 southbound are diverting along Christchurch Rd to Streatham High Road, Leigham Court Road and then to Crown Point before continuing their onward journey. The 2 returns to West Norwood via Elder Road .
432 on diversion along Christchurch Rd
The West Norwood bound 315 diverts along Leigham Court Rd to Crown Point and down Knights Hill.
Apart from the 68, northbound buses are using their normal route.
Ivymount Road SE27 is due to be closed to traffic for 6 weeks until just before Christmas so Thames Water can replace the water mains. See letter to residents here.
Later this month works will also start on new water mains under Royal Circus road which will be reduced to one lane of traffic. The 315 bus will continue to use Canterbury Grove and York Hill. In the new year 2022 Thames Water will close Pyrmont Grove for about 4 weeks. Thames Water hope to finish their water mains replacement project in the streets around Royal Circus by March 2022!
Gipsy Hill road is closed to all through vehicles for 42 days so Thames Water can replace its old pipes with blue plastic piping .
At the same time SGN is replacing its old pipes with yellow plastic ones.
The road should open again on 1st September. In the meantime the 322 bus is diverted along Crystal Palace Parade via College Road to Dulwich Wood Park road and then re-join Gipsy Road at the roundabout.
For more details contact Thames Water on 0800 316 9800 quoting job 7000 5629
Last night there was a water main burst in Park Hall Road burst last by The Rosendale pub SE21 8BZ. The map shows the areas within orange lines without a water supply this morning. Thames Water are re directing water to try to restore water supply today. They promised supplies of bottled water at The Aspire Centre SE21 8EH. The burst water main will take a few days to fix and traffic will be disrupted including the 322 bus.
Disrupted water supply areas
If you need to contact Thames Water urgently please call 0800 316 9800
This week’s Thames Water road diversions include no right turn from Robson Road onto Norwood Road for larger vehicles, temporary traffic lights and one lane outside Tescos.
All larger northbound traffic from Robson Road, including the 322 bus, will turn left and go around the one way system past the bus garage.
The diversion starts on Monday 26th July for 5 days to Friday 30th July so Thames Water can do works at this road junction. The works will include a few days waiting for the concrete to set hard enough to re-tarmac.
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 are closing sections of Broxholm Road from January to March 2021 to install new water mains.
Their plan is to start by closing the section from Leigham Court Road to Glennie Road between the 25th January and 14th February. Residents in this section will have to park nearby whilst the road is closed. Due to delivery delays in Royal Mail post, Thames Water slipped the start date by one week to 25th January. See Thames Water letter [pdf] delivered to residents this week.
Over the next couple of months Broxholm Road will be closed to traffic in short sections, one section at a time.
These works are part of a programme of water mains replacements by Thames Water in most of the roads centred around Royal Circus.
Other local roads in the programme should be wide enough to allow for one lane to be kept open controlled by traffic lights.
Additional road works in the neighbourhood will cause more disruption.
Gas mains are being replaced , starting with Ullswater Road – see our post dated 10/1/21.
Leigham Court Road will be closed for two days at its junction with Streatham High Road on 3rd & 4th February. The 417 bus will be on long diversion via the main roads.
Your local councillors are discussing the details of the scheme with Lambeth Highways team and the utility companies. We will update you when more information is available. Please email Cllr Pickard with any queries or comments: email@example.com
SGN, who are London’s gas supplier, will be closing Ullswater Road SE27 0AL for 11 weeks starting from Monday 11th January to 28th March.
West Norwood’s main shopping street, Norwood Road, had extensive roadworks by Thames Water for water mains replacement May 2019-July 2020. Electricity and gas works infrastructure works are expected to take less time and complete in 2021. Norwood Road in West Norwood is then scheduled for resurfacing.