Water and gas main leaks slow roadworks in Addiscombe

Some roads in Addiscombe remain closed to traffic for a fourth week today.

The scene at the road works in Addiscombe yesterday. Some roads could remain closed for another two weeks

TfL’s optimistic plan to shut down trams and roads off Addiscombe Road for a mere 10 days at the end of August to fast-track roadworks and engineering to strengthen the Blackhorse Lane bridge has been undermined, often literally, by crumbling utilities infrastructure, causing the water and gas boards to be called in for urgent repairs to mains leaks, leaving other scheduled work yet to be completed.

While the main A232 Addiscombe Road re-opened this morning, a week later than promised, side roads Sandilands Road and Ashburton Road remain closed for further repair and reinstatement works, according to one ward councillor, possibly for up to two more weeks.

TfL confirmed to Inside Croydon today that all diversions to bus routes 119, 194, 198 and 466 had ended (although the TfL website showed the diversions as still being in place) with the re-opening of Addiscombe Road this morning, a week later than had been promised.

The scene yesterday afternoon, with works a long way from being complete

The tram service between East Croydon and stations to Beckenham Junction and New Addington did resume last Monday, as scheduled.

According to TfL, Ashburton and Sandilands roads have only been temporarily resurfaced, and work remains to be completed there.

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