A22 Godstone Road closure lifted one week ahead of schedule

The water board’s road works on the A22 Godstone Road at Purley Cross have finished – a week ahead of schedule.

Waterlogged: traffic congestion at Purley Cross was constant for the past month while the A22 was closed

SES Water closed off the A22 at the junction close to Purley Tesco’s last month for what they described as “essential” water main replacement works, to maintain their supplies to three-quarters of a million people. The works had been in the planning for more than three years.

Although the works affected only a 300-yard-long stretch of the Godstone Road, it cut off the direct route between South Croydon and Purley to Kenley and Whyteleafe. Official diversions for journeys of less than one mile recommended routes of around 20 miles, and once the works began, traffic congestion around Purley Cross was constant.

The works were expected to take six weeks, scheduled to run until September 3, but last night councillors confirmed that the road closure had been lifted.

“We are very grateful to SES Water for working around the clock to ensure an early finish… and to local residents for their patience,” one councillor posted.

Referring to “a few issues” in the run-up and at the beginning of the project, Purley and Woodcote ward councillor Samir Dwesar wrote, “I received fewer complaints and emails about the road closure than I expected.”

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6 Responses to A22 Godstone Road closure lifted one week ahead of schedule

  1. Hazel swain says:

    thank god for that !!!!!!

  2. David Wickens says:

    I always found SES Water to be very competent. Well done to them

    • Chris Flynn says:

      I hate to sound like coporate shill, but I have to agree. They seem to take a proactive and preventative approach and understand redundancy, which seems to be lacking more and more these days elsewhere (perhaps being ‘lean’ increases profits/bonuses?). I wonder if the concentration of Tory MPs in the areas covered helps too.

  3. Ed Worth says:

    Call me cynical but I recon SES calculated the likely duration, then added a week

  4. chris myers says:

    Wonderful news! Restores my faith in Capitalism – even if SES is foreign-owned..

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