Road closures as snapped crane is removed from Wellesley Road, Croydon

Road closures are in place while the snapped crane in Wellesley Road, Croydon, is removed. Picture by Teuta Hoxha.

Road closures are in place while the snapped crane in Wellesley Road, Croydon, is removed. Picture by Teuta Hoxha.

First published in News
Last updated
Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A crane on top of an 18 storey building which snapped when it was struck by lightning as high winds and heavy rain battered Croydon is being removed today.

Engineers are removing the crane from the IYLO building in Wellesley Road and, to do this, roads have been shut since midnight.

The closures are likely to remain in effect throughout the day and may continue into tomorrow.

As well as the northern end of Wellesley Road, closures are in place between Station Road and St James Road both ways and on St James Road from Tavistock Road to the junction with Whitehorse Road.

A Croydon Council spokesman said: "While it is hoped the work will be completed within a day drivers should check in advance before travelling on Thursday."

When the crane snapped on Saturday afternoon people living near the scene were told to remain in their homes while a safety cordon was put in place and specialist engineers were called in to secure the structure.

Firefighters from stations across south London were at the scene on Saturday to support the crane engineers if they were needed.

According to Croydon Guardian young reporter Teuta Hoxha, from Coloma Convent Girls’ School, the residents were reassured by police officers they would be evacuated if the situation became dangerous.

The road was closed both ways between Station Road and Newgate and this road closure remained in place until around 5pm last night.

There are no reports of any injuries.

 

TODAY'S TOP CROYDON STORIES

 

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:11pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Croydoncabby says...

Why could this not of waited till Saturday when no school runs and the roads are a lot quieter.
Why could this not of waited till Saturday when no school runs and the roads are a lot quieter. Croydoncabby
  • Score: 14

6:56pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Nadsy1 says...

Disgusting. The hole of the area was in gridlock all day. This should have been done during the night. It took most people working around Wellesley road an extra hour to get into work. Why do the planners not take these issues into account.
Disgusting. The hole of the area was in gridlock all day. This should have been done during the night. It took most people working around Wellesley road an extra hour to get into work. Why do the planners not take these issues into account. Nadsy1
  • Score: 8

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree