Work to strengthen and refurbish the 82-year-old Grade II listed Chiswick bridge is now complete; restoring its heritage features and extending its life for many years to come. Refurbishment works started on the 185m long Chiswick Bridge in April 2014 and ended in June 2015.
We conserved much of the bridge's original stonework in its original position, or sourced replacements when required from the same quarry that supplied the Portland stone in the 1930s. A new segregated walkway and cycleway has also been installed, and new heritage lighting has been placed across the bridge deck and staircases to help maintain its classic 1930s style. The project also helped out the Tideway Scullers School rowing club, which stores its equipment under the bridge, by re-building racking for their boats, constructing a concrete ramp for the boats and installing new fencing and gates.
Dana Skelley, Director of Asset Management and other staff talk about the project.
As part of the redevelopment of four junctions around Oval station to create segregated cycle lanes, enhance public spaces and improve pedestrian crossings, works at the A23 Kennington Road Junction and A3 Kennington Park Road have now been completed.
A banned turn from Kennington Road into Kennington Park Road has been implemented to reduce the time and the number of separate road segments it took for pedestrians to cross over Kennington Road. It has also increased footway space at the corner of this junction.
A hold on the left turning traffic has reduced the potential for conflict between those motorists and ahead cyclists. Cyclists at this junction now receive a green light to proceed ahead at the same time as ahead motor traffic. Ahead cyclists and traffic will then be held to allow for left turning cyclists and vehicles. This new design feature will reduce the collisions at the junctions.
New segregated/stepped cycle tracks have now been opened on the Cycle Superhighway 7 alignment in both directions along Kennington Park Road. The tracks join the improvements previously delivered at the junction with Kennington Road.
Cyclists now benefit from a second 'hold-the-left' junction at Brixton Road, where left turning traffic is separately signalled from cyclists wishing to continue south on Kennington Park Road.
Watch the video to see how this new feature works.
We have improved the busy junction at Malden Rushett in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames to reduce road collisions and make the area safer for pedestrians.
The work, which began in September 2014, has improved road safety and will reduce congestion at the junction of the A243 Leatherhead Road, B280 Fairoak Lane and Rushett Lane. Right turn traffic signals and wider roads at Fairoak Lane and Rushett Lane have been installed, as well as direct crossings for pedestrians and advance stop lines for cyclists. After a period of monitoring, our new traffic signals will operate under SCOOT technology which will bring a substantive change to current traffic conditions. SCOOT technology allows signal timings to adapt and respond to traffic levels on a second-by-second basis so that light sequences can adapt and respond to live traffic situations quickly and effectively.
Drainage in the area has been improved, and the roads resurfaced to provide smoother, safer driving conditions. We have also fitted new street lights and signs and are carrying out landscaping which includes seasonal hedgerow planting and replacement fencing.
We have completed refurbishment work to the 35 year old bridge to prolong its life and ensure no major maintenance will be required for many years. The refurbishment involved the construction of new run-on slabs, installation of a new waterproofing system, replacing the expansion joints and resurfacing the deck. Works were also carried out underneath the structure along the A214 Trinity Road to carry out repairs to the concrete abutments, refurbish the bearings and install new pigeon netting.
The A406 Southend Road (North Circular Road) at South Woodford, has been the subject of a Transport for London TLRN carriageway renewal scheme, that successfully completed in November 2014.
The works involved the removal of old road surface material, repair of the underlying concrete road base construction, and installation of a bespoke new wearing course material. Innovative processes were used to repair concrete slabs using technology recently used on the M25.
The scheme resulted in 38,637m2 eastbound and 35,941m2 westbound of renewed carriageway, which at 74,578 is the greatest combined total area of resurfacing of a single works site in our history.
We have worked with Camden Council to radically transform the junction at Euston Circus. The new design has resulted in:
We are well on the way to finishing a major programme of works to strengthen Hammersmith flyover. By summer 2015 the entire flyover will have been waterproofed and resurfaced, the bearings replaced and a new carriageway drainage system installed. This will prolong its life and ensure no major maintenance will be required for many years.
We have also completed work to strengthen and repair Hogarth flyover to prolong its life and ensure no major maintenance will be required for many years. The refurbishment involved replacing the deck, replacing and upgrading the parapets, repairing the steelwork, and improving the lighting on the slip road where the A316 merges with the A4.
Holborn Circus junction has also been transformed with a new layout, making it safer for pedestrians and cyclists. As part of the works, the Grade II-listed bronze statue of Prince Albert has been restored by conservation experts and relocated to the west.
The introduction of our lane rental scheme in 2012 means that all roadworks are now co-ordinated with other utility companies on our busiest roads during peak times. This helps to reduce the length of time in which work is carried out and minimises disruption. As part of this scheme, we co-ordinated roadworks on Borough High Street, reducing the time needed for the work by six months. You can find out more about all the work we're doing in Improvements & projects.
We have been installing pedestrian countdowns at traffic signals to tell pedestrians how long they have to cross the road safely. 200 pedestrian countdown sites have been installed as of April 2014, with a further 50 installed through borough and developer-funded schemes.
The westbound closure of Southall Broadway between July and December 2014 allowed Ealing Council to carry out improvement works. The works are part of the council's Southall Big Plan, which is changing the street layout to improve safety, widen the footways and help smooth the flow of traffic.
The huge roundabout - or gyratory - at Tottenham Hale is just one example of the work we've been doing. Work to convert the roundabout from a one-way to a two-way system is now complete. This has resulted in improved road safety, improved cycle routes and cycle parking, more pedestrian crossing points, improved street lighting and a better bus station.