TFL take seven weeks and counting to fix a broken bridge

Charlton road - broken bridgeLate on Saturday October 26th a car veered off Charlton Road, struck the railings on the bridge over the A102 and knocked part of them onto the motorway below (causing a major traffic jam I remember well – I was stuck in it on my way home from a family outing to celebrate my 40th birthday).

Nearly two months after the accident Transport for London (which is responsible for the A102 and the bridges over it) have still not fixed the bridge.

Thankfully, no-one was injured and the railings were made safe by the council that night. The gap is now cordoned off with concrete blocks, metal fencing and red plastic guard-railing to prevent anything falling through. But these temporary repairs are unsightly and clearly not a long-term solution.

So far Transport for London have done nothing to fix the problem, even though the railing is their responsibility, not Greenwich Council’s. The council’s highways department says “TFL were made aware of the damage as soon as practical after the incident, and have been pursued to effect repairs. Unfortunately they have not yet confirmed to us a start date on site but we will continue to work with them to ensure this is as soon as possible.”

TFL is being urged to hurry up by me, local GLA Member Len Duvall, and Charlton ward’s Labour councillors (the bridge is on the boundary between Blackheath Westcombe and Charlton wards).

Unfortunately TFL and Boris seem more interested in pursuing their crazy plan for huge advertising panels at the Sun-in-the-Sands roundabout nearby. Repairing broken bridges, or putting up fences to shield residents near the A102 from noise and pollution, is clearly a lower priority than getting advertising income. On a number of fronts, TFL’s attitude to the A102 and the people living alongside it is lousy. It shouldn’t take two months to fix a broken bridge over one of London’s busiest motorways.

JANUARY 10TH UPDATE: A TFL official has said that they are “investigating whether we can reinforce and improve the railings, and the structure around them, to better restrain vehicles in the event of a similar incident. I am afraid this process can take a few months.”

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