Dingwall Road seems likely to be closed, with bus routes and traffic diverted, until the end of this month after a serious amount of subsidence occurred outside Renaissance House, the relatively new office block opposite Ruskin Square and East Croydon Station.
Croydon Council’s road department’s first reaction was to suggest that the closure of this major road would last just until the end of this week.
But further work by what the council calls its “Place department” – under the control of executive director of Jo Negrini – has discovered that backfilling and concreting of the gaping hole will now require the closures to continue until February 28, according to sources in Fisher’s Folly.
Commuters who opt to use East Croydon’s “Bridge to Nowhere” will now have a longer walk to an operating bus stop, with buses now using Bedford Park and Wellesley Road.
It is along Dingwall Road that Transport for London wants to re-route part of the Tramlink network as part of the restructuring of the town centre for the benefit of Westfield and Hammerson.
So the next fortnight’s disruption near one of the busiest railway stations in London should be something we’re all going to have to get used to.
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