Chislehurst Road bridge set to reopen on November 16

This Is Local London: Chislehurst Road Bridge has been closed since November 7 last year Chislehurst Road Bridge has been closed since November 7 last year

After a year of building works Chislehurst Road bridge is set to reopen this Friday. Reporters ROBERT FISK and HELOISE WOOD hear reactions from traders and residents.

CHISLEHURST Road Bridge was closed last November after it was found to be unsafe and in need of replacing.

Bromley Council said this would take a year to finish and, around 53 weeks after the old bridge was shut, the mayor Councillor Michael Turner will cut the ribbon on the new one at 10am this Friday (November 16).

Traffic will then be allowed over the bridge from noon.

This Is Local London: Margaret O'Connor is relieved the bridge is reopening on Friday

Pensioner Margaret O' Connor (pictured above), 74, of Amhurst Drive, St Mary Cray, said: “Thank goodness for that.

“It will be very good to see it back open because it has been a nightmare.

“I do not think Leesons Hill was ever built to cope with the diverted traffic.

“I’m really glad to see it’s opening again, it’s good news.”

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Dog walker Ann-Marie Buffoni (pictured above), 47, of Sheen Road, Petts Wood, has had to use the diversion route for a year while the bridge has been closed.

She said: “It will make an enormous difference, Friday can’t come soon enough.

“It will return my journey to Chislehurst a five minute one rather than the 20 minute or so one it is at the moment.”

REACTIONS FROM TRADERS

Manager Jane Nurthen, who has worked at the British Red Cross shop, in Cotmandene Crescent, St Paul’s Cray, for 17 years, said: “Our trade suffered hugely during the bridge closure, we thought we might have to close down.

“We lost half our customers and the number of donations went down to a third of what it was.

“So now we are really excited about welcoming our customers back and we’ve saved our best evening wear for the Christmas season.”

She added: “I know most of the customers by name so there’s a real feeling of community in the shop.”

Wendy Grimwood, who is the deputy manager at a shop in Royal Parade, Chislehurst, says the bridge closure has been a nightmare for the Royal Parade shops.

She said: “We have all suffered, the takings have been down incredibly in the last year.

“The reopening could not come sooner really.”

TIMELINE OF WORKS

  • March 2009 - Width restrictions introduced on Chislehurst Road bridge to prevent buses and heavy goods vehicles driving over
  • November 7, 2011 – Chislehurst Road bridge closes to traffic and diversions put in place 
    This Is Local London: Chislehurst Road Bridge has been closed since November 7 last year
  • December 20, 2011 – Bat boxes put up to house bats found at the old bridge
  • January 20, 2012 – 300 tonne crane arriving to lift in steel beams
    This Is Local London: A massive crane was brought in to lift in steel beams for Chislehurst Road Bridge
  • June 2012 - Parapets are lifted in on both sides of the bridge
  • September 25, 2012 – News Shopper reveals bridge reopening date
  • October, 2012 – Resurfacing works are carried out in preparation for the reopening
  • Friday – Bromley’s mayor Councillor Michael Turner will reopen the bridge

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6:29pm Mon 12 Nov 12

mouthalmighty says...

Eh?What bridge?
Eh?What bridge? mouthalmighty

7:05pm Mon 12 Nov 12

madras says...

round of applause for completing the job on time...
round of applause for completing the job on time... madras

7:40pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Marty1979 says...

WHY do NS always use pictures of people with their arms folded???
WHY do NS always use pictures of people with their arms folded??? Marty1979

8:19pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Gypo.Joe says...

Marty1979 wrote:
WHY do NS always use pictures of people with their arms folded???
Marty when its the laydeez I think it just gives their 'breasteses' a lift and they think it makes them looked stacked.

That's only IMHO of course.


Any weight limit on the new bridge ?
[quote][p][bold]Marty1979[/bold] wrote: WHY do NS always use pictures of people with their arms folded???[/p][/quote]Marty when its the laydeez I think it just gives their 'breasteses' a lift and they think it makes them looked stacked. That's only IMHO of course. Any weight limit on the new bridge ? Gypo.Joe

8:28pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Marty1979 says...

I believe there's no weight limit, so buses like the 61 can revert back to the old route

And I wonder how the traders & residents will feel when the 38 ton attics start rumbling along?
I believe there's no weight limit, so buses like the 61 can revert back to the old route And I wonder how the traders & residents will feel when the 38 ton attics start rumbling along? Marty1979

8:36pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Gypo.Joe says...

How about me wiv 44 ton. Well their old ladies wont need a vibrator now.
How about me wiv 44 ton. Well their old ladies wont need a vibrator now. Gypo.Joe

10:24am Tue 13 Nov 12

glenn_london says...

Well done, all finished on time! No more stuck on summer hill!
Well done, all finished on time! No more stuck on summer hill! glenn_london

5:35pm Tue 13 Nov 12

reasonable75 says...

"Manager Jane Nurthen, who has worked at the British Red Cross shop, in Cotmandene Crescent, St Paul’s Cray, for 17 years, said: “Our trade suffered hugely during the bridge closure, we thought we might have to close down.

“We lost half our customers and the number of donations went down to a third of what it was.

“So now we are really excited about welcoming our customers back and we’ve saved our best evening wear for the Christmas season.”

"She added: “I know most of the customers by name so there’s a real feeling of community in the shop.”


Can't see why - people going to Cotmandene wouldn't have been put off by the bridge closure
"Manager Jane Nurthen, who has worked at the British Red Cross shop, in Cotmandene Crescent, St Paul’s Cray, for 17 years, said: “Our trade suffered hugely during the bridge closure, we thought we might have to close down. “We lost half our customers and the number of donations went down to a third of what it was. “So now we are really excited about welcoming our customers back and we’ve saved our best evening wear for the Christmas season.” "She added: “I know most of the customers by name so there’s a real feeling of community in the shop.” Can't see why - people going to Cotmandene wouldn't have been put off by the bridge closure reasonable75

2:37pm Wed 14 Nov 12

lonmark1980 says...

Will bus route 61 return to via old routes ?
Will bus route 61 return to via old routes ? lonmark1980

10:03pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Petras says...

lonmark1980 wrote:
Will bus route 61 return to via old routes ?
Yes. But not to early December
[quote][p][bold]lonmark1980[/bold] wrote: Will bus route 61 return to via old routes ?[/p][/quote]Yes. But not to early December Petras

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