Havering Council leader expresses disappointment at Ardleigh Green Bridge delay

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 June 2017

Contractors installing protective sheeting over the railway before demolition. Picture: Transport for London

Contractors installing protective sheeting over the railway before demolition. Picture: Transport for London

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Businesses, drivers and residents will have to endure more disruption after it was announced bridge replacement works could be delayed for up to two years.

Ardleigh Green railway bridge replacement works was due to be completed by the end of 2017 but have been put back, and all four lanes of traffic now set to be re-opened in spring 2019.

Havering Council leader, Councillor Roger Ramsey said: “We are extremely disappointed with this delay, which has caused disruption for residents and local businesses since 2015.

“Businesses have told us their trade has suffered as a consequence, and to extend the work further is completely unacceptable.

“If this work is extended until 2019, it will continue to have a negative impact on our local economy.”

Transport for London’s (TfL) director of projects in surface transport, Nick Fairholme, said the cause of the delay was complex demolition work that took longer than expected in November.

More protection was needed for the tracks and to avoid work overrunning into the morning peak, and having to fully shut the road and railway, work was stopped.

“We’re very sorry for the added disruption caused to residents and businesses in Havering by the delay in replacing the Ardleigh Green Bridge,”

Mr Fairholme said.

“We’ve worked closely with our contractors to minimise the delay for the rest of the project so that all roads will reopen in spring 2019.

“We are doing absolutely everything we can to reduce this further and coordinating opportunities to speed up the overall programme.”

But Mr Ramsey said he plans to take the matter further.

“I will be contacting the minister for transport and the mayor of London to emphasise our frustration on behalf of businesses and residents.”

Ardleigh Green Bridge is more than 90-years-old and carries the A127 Southend Arterial Road over National Rail​ lines in Romford.

TfL plan to replace it with a new, wider structure with better facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, and provide improved headroom for trains running to and from London, including Crossrail.

The demolition of the eastern side of the bridge was completed during the May Day bank holiday.

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