Tennison Road bridge in South Norwood to shut completely for nine months from June

Tennison Road bridge will shut completely in June

Network Rail has fenced off part of South Norwood Recreation Ground while working on the bridge

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

Tennison Road bridge is to shut completely for nine months from June due to ongoing upgrades.

The bridge, in South Norwood, will be closed until Network Rail completes work to strengthen it and widen its structure.

Croydon Council said the bridge had been scheduled to shut in August, following periods of temporary closure from June.

But Network Rail and the council said they decided to bring forward the permanent closure "avoid confusion".

Councillor Wayne Lawlor predicted the closure would cause "bedlam" and criticised the lack of consultation on the changed plan. 

He said: "It has been done very much under the radar without any thought or consideration to the local community at all. 

"The congestion is going to be unbearable. It's going to have really seriously impact. What are they trying to do, kill off South Norwood?"

Coun Lawlor called on the council to offer compensation packages to local businesses affected by the closure. 

Tennison Road bridge is one of two in South Norwood currently undergoing repairs. 

Work to strengthen Penge Road began last summer and is due to finish this month. 

Upgrades to the 125-year-old Tennison Road bridge are scheduled to be completed in summer 2015. 

The work has already proved controversial, with Network Rail engineers demolishing a children's playground in South Norwood Recreation Ground to make room for building materials and tools.

Representatives of Network Rail and Croydon Council will answer questions at a drop-in session at Speroni's restaurant in Selhurst Park between 5pm and 8pm tomorrow.

Are you concerned about the impact of the closure? Post a comment below or email chris.baynes@london.newsquest.co.uk.


TODAY'S TOP STORIES

JOIN US ON FACEBOOK

 

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:39am Tue 25 Feb 14

pmarzetti says...

A major concern for local residents and users of the new bridge is that the increased traffic flow and upgraded weight limit will result in more HGV's using this route. Many children use the bridge on a daily basis to get to local schools and South Norwood Recreation Ground. It does not appear from the plans and images submitted during the planning phase that any consideration has been given to the safety of pedestrians and cyclists using the bridge. A petition has been started on the croydon.gov.uk website calling on Croydon Council to provide barriers to protect vulnerable users of the new structure. You can sign the petion at:

https://secure.croyd
on.gov.uk/petition/e
ntity/DyqNj5AhVvDPAt
1krtAA0XN?searchreq=
50
A major concern for local residents and users of the new bridge is that the increased traffic flow and upgraded weight limit will result in more HGV's using this route. Many children use the bridge on a daily basis to get to local schools and South Norwood Recreation Ground. It does not appear from the plans and images submitted during the planning phase that any consideration has been given to the safety of pedestrians and cyclists using the bridge. A petition has been started on the croydon.gov.uk website calling on Croydon Council to provide barriers to protect vulnerable users of the new structure. You can sign the petion at: https://secure.croyd on.gov.uk/petition/e ntity/DyqNj5AhVvDPAt 1krtAA0XN?searchreq= 50 pmarzetti
  • Score: 5

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