Friday 9 Feb 2018
Plans to replace two bridges in Croydon progressed today as Transport for London (TfL), in partnership with the London Borough of Croydon, appointed Morgan Sindall as the preferred contractor to deliver the projects. Work on the 120 year old Blackhorse Lane Bridge and nearby Addiscombe Park Bridge is expected to be completed by January next year.
The decision to replace both bridges as a joint project was made following discussions with the London Borough of Croydon. It was agreed that replacing both bridges together would help to deliver considerable cost and time savings for both TfL and the local council. The plans include making Addiscombe Park bridge two metres wider in order to incorporate a cycle path and improve facilities for cyclists and other local people.
Construction of both bridges will start this summer, with both re-opening to the public in January 2019. London Trams will continue to operate during the majority of this period but may need to close for short periods during construction for safety reasons. Pedestrian and cycling access will be maintained, although Blackhorse Lane Bridge will need to be closed to all users for a short period when the bridge deck is removed and replaced.
Rory O’Neill, General Manager for London Trams, said: “The appointment of Morgan Sindall as the preferred contractor is an important step in replacing this 120 year old bridge which is reaching the end of its natural life. Working closely with the London Borough of Croydon has meant that we can replace both Blackhorse Lane and Addiscombe Park bridges as a joint project, helping us construct them both quicker and more cheaply. We look forward to both bridges being open to the public in January 2019.”
Councillor Stuart King, Croydon Council’s cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “These are essential works that will bring better, wider and safer bridges to serve local residents and the borough’s visitors for decades to come. TfL and Croydon Council are working as hard as possible on this complex project to get the job done as quickly as possible. We will continue to keep local residents and businesses informed throughout the process.”
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