Two of the four lanes will be closed until May
Severe disruption is likely after work on the A3 Huguenot bridge, where Battersea Rise crosses Trinity Road, started on 26th January.
The 35 year old bridge, which carries westbound traffic from Battersea Rise to Wandsworth High Street over the A214 Trinity Road, needs to be re-waterproofed and resurfaced.
Transport for London (TfL) says that it appreciates this is a major and important route into Wandsworth Town Centre and its 24/7 traffic control centre will monitor this location during the works to ensure that any delays are kept to a minimum. There has been some criticism of TfL's failure to adequately publicise the closures in advance.
Letters have been sent to some local residents advising them of the works and live traffic information will be put on the Transport for London web site to allow people to plan their journeys before they start.
Roadside message signs are also alerting drivers to the closure both in advance and during the works, to help them avoid delays and seek alternative routes, such as via the Wandsworth roundabout. More detailed advice will be available at www.tfl.gov.uk/trafficnews
The work will be carried out until late May 2015 and drivers are advised to check before they travel and plan their journeys while these works are carried out. In order to carry out the carriageway works, two of the four lanes over the structure will need to be closed. The bus lane will be suspended, to ensure that two lanes remain available to all traffic at all times. Work will be carried out from 07:30 to 22:30 Monday to Friday and from 07:30 to 17:30 at weekends.
As part of the scheme, overnight work to refurbish the bearings supporting the structure and install new pigeon netting to the underside of the bridge will also be carried out from Monday 16th February until late May 2015. Both these and the carriageway works will be carried out by the London Highway Alliance, a joint initiative between TfL and London's boroughs to deliver road maintenance and improvements across London.
Richard Tracey, Wandsworth's London Assembly member, said: "It could be extremely busy from Monday morning. This is vital information for all travelling on the South Circular through Wandsworth."
Dana Skelley, Director of Asset Management for Surface Transport at TfL, said: “Our £4 billion Road Modernisation Plan will ensure that the capital’s red routes remain usable for many years to come. We appreciate driver’s patience during these vital maintenance works to the A3 Huguenot bridge and are committed to keeping disruption caused by these closures to a minimum. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused and ask people to check @tfltrafficnews for the latest traffic news.”
For more information about the planned work, please visit: www.tfl.gov.uk/roads. Drivers are advised to check for disruption by visiting www.tfl.gov.uk/trafficnews or following @tfltrafficnews, and bus users can find out how their bus might be affected by going to www.tfl.gov.uk/bus/status
January 28, 2015