Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Ladywell Public Realm Improvements - Latest Timetable

The Council will, during the next week, be distributing an update on the Ladywell Public Realm Improvements.  The letter will say "As a result of necessary diversions to utilities plant and changes to road levels, we need to amend the previously-published programme for these works.
To recap on progress to date - from 18 February, work began on surface water drainage in Algernon Road and Gillian Street.  Additionally, BT Openreach have started to divert their plant away from the proposed parking areas.  This work is also being carried out by Virgin Media in Ladywell Roadopposite Chudleigh Road.
The remainder of the works will still be carried out in a number of stages in order to minimise disruption.  However, the programme now looks as follows:
  • From 2 April, for a period of at least three weeks, it will be necessary to close Algernon Road to traffic between Gillian St and Ladywell Road, thus allowing the contractor to reconstruct the existing carriageway, install new drainage and construct the new paving for the footway, parking bays and junction works.
  • Southern Gas Network will then need to lower their service valves in the mouth of the junction of Ladywell Road and Railway Terrace.
  • The intention is to then commence work to reduce the road level in Ladywell Road, between the railway bridge and up to the Pelican crossing, from 15 April. This will be carried out with temporary traffic light control whilst Algernon Road is closed.
  • Having completed the work to the carriageway in Algernon Road and Ladywell Road up to the Pelican crossing, the carriageway in Algernon Road will reopen. This will allow for Ladywell Road to be closed between the Pelican crossing and the westbound bus stop from 20 May, to commence the reconstruction of Ladywell Road to the new levels.
  • On completion of this section of Ladywell Road, we expect to commence the final reconstruction of Ladywell Road (from the westbound bus stop to Adelaide Avenue) from 29 May. This is expected to last until 7 June.
  • Whilst the western section of Ladywell Road carriageway is being reconstructed, work will be carried out to the footways of the section of Ladywell Road carriageway previously completed to minimise disruption to pedestrians.
The expected completion date of the major work is on or around 24 August.
During the closure of Algernon Road, the 484 bus will be rerouted along Ladywell Road, into Adelaide Avenue, Montague Avenue, Hilly fields Crescent, Cliffview Road onto Vicars Hill where it will be back on route.  We are currently finalising the details for the diversion of the other bus routes when Ladywell Road is closed and will provide a further update on the rerouting of the affected buses.
As the work progresses, this initial programme may change due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. However, we will provide updates on the Council website.
As with all construction work, we anticipate there may be some disruption to traffic, but we will try to keep this to a minimum.
Les Senior
Project Engineer
Transport Division
Lewisham Council
(T) 020 8314 2025
(E) les.senior@lewisham.gov.uk"