Spring Lane Bridge Closure & successful campaign for additional road signs

20140331_161802_Longhurst RdMotorists, Bus Users and Pedestrians are facing additional challenges travelling between Addiscombe and South Norwood over the next year as Network Rail and Transport for London carry out major works to two local bridges.

The current cause of traffic disruption is the Spring Lane Bridge rebuilding works by Transport for London.  This bridge has been closed by TFL (Transport for London) to buses and heavy lorries for the last four years, due to the failure of Croydon Council, TFL and Network Rail to decide who was legally responsible for maintaining this bridge. In the meantime local residents lives have been disrupted due to heavy lorries using Blackhorse Lane, or by the diversion of 312 and 310 buses along Morland Road instead of their normal routes.

Temporary Signage warning about Blackhorse Lane weak bridges

Since the works to strengthen the Spring Lane Bridge started residents, along Morland Road, have reported increased cars and lorries using local side roads to avoid traffic jams along their normal routes. One of the frequent complaints made to Addiscombe Councillors was the temporary signs for Blackhorse Bridge didn’t warn lorry drivers that one of the bridges has a 3 tonne limit. Following representation to the Council, officers quickly responded by installing four new signs on Lower Addiscombe Road, Morland Road and Woodside Green warning about the weight restrictions and traffic enforcement cameras in operation.

Addiscombe Councillors have asked Council officers to keep a watch on this issue and to review the situation again if problems persists.

Details of Spring Lane Bridge Closure – 28 February to 6 July 2014

  • Phase 1 – Spring Lane will be fully closed with access only up to the bridge side roads off it. This will take place from 9pm from: 28 February to 9 March 2014.
  • Phase 2 – Spring Lane will be closed northbound, with single lane open southbound from: 22 March to 24 March 2014.
  • Phase 3 – Spring Lane fully closed from: 25 March to 15 June 2014.
  • Phase 4 – Spring Lane closed northbound from: 16 June to 6 July 2014.

About Sean

Councillor for Addiscombe Ward, 1994-2006, re-elected in May 2010 along with Mark Watson and Patricia Hay-Justice. Since May 2014 Chair of Scrutiny. Lives locally in Addiscombe.

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