FOI request detail

Information on bridge strengthening, with reference to Camberwell Grove

Request ID: FOI-2286-1617
Date published: 18 April 2017

You asked

I would like to request the following information: 1) Any correspondence since 1 October 2016 with LB Southwark and/or Network Rail regarding the bridge conveying Camberwell Grove, SE5 over the railway. 2) Current criteria (and draft 2017/8 criteria if different) used to assess applications by boroughs for LIP funding for bridge strengthening. This should include details about the process for urgent submissions after the October 2016 deadline for 2017/8. 3) Total amount bid for the bridge strengthening LIP fund by boroughs in 2016/7. 4) Information about funding agreement for TfL's mini-Holland scheme in Walthamstow, regarding the agreement with Network Rail and LB Waltham Forest to enable a railway bridge be closed to motor vehicles rather than repaired. Because the subject of this request has environmental implications regarding air quality on Camberwell Grove, I request that it is dealt with under the Environmental Information Regulations. With regard to item 1, I do not need to see all the correspondence and would be happy to receive advice and assistance at your earliest convenience to narrow down the request. If there are draft reports available that may be sufficient. Thank you very much in advance for your time.

We answered

Our ref: FOI-2286-1617

 

Thank you for your email received on 20 February 2017 asking for information about the bridge conveying Camberwell Grove over the railway.

 

Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Environmental Information Regulations and our information access policy. I can confirm that we do hold some of the information you require.

 

1)    Any correspondence since 1 October 2016 with LB Southwark and/or Network Rail regarding the bridge conveying Camberwell Grove, SE5 over the railway.

 

We do not hold any relevant correspondence.

 

2) Current criteria (and draft 2017/8 criteria if different) used to assess applications by boroughs for LIP funding for bridge strengthening. This should include details about the process for urgent submissions after the October 2016 deadline for 2017/8.


The pan-London bridge strengthening prioritisation process, developed by the Boroughs through the London Bridges Engineering Group (LoBEG), is used to assess and prioritise applications. The criteria used include road classification, traffic data, structural condition, material type, construction form, obstacle crossed and diversion routes. The priority list is then assessed in terms of value for money and available funding. The 2017/18 criteria are unchanged from 2016/17.


Any application submitted by the borough is assessed by LoBEG using the pan London prioritisation and then reviewed by TfL.
 Boroughs can submit a new application at any time and LoBEG/TfL will assess its priority/urgency against the existing programme and make adjustments if necessary.

 

3) Total amount bid for the bridge strengthening LIP fund by boroughs in 2016/7.

 

The total amount of applications for 2016/17 Bridge strengthening programme was £14.4m.

 

4) Information about funding agreement for TfL's mini-Holland scheme in Walthamstow, regarding the agreement with Network Rail and LB Waltham Forest to enable a railway bridge be closed to motor vehicles rather than repaired.

 

As part of Waltham Forest’s mini–Holland bid to transform the borough into a walking and cycling friendly environment, TfL awarded mini–Holland programme funding to develop proposals to replace Walthamstow gyratory system with new two way “T junction” style operation to improve traffic flows along Hoe Street and Selborne Road whilst also providing the opportunity to open up the space which would enable the borough to significantly improve the road layout for all road users, especially pedestrians, bus passengers and cyclists. Through the development of the mini–Holland programme, the opportunity to carry out early works to implement the new bridge deck was presented which allowed the borough to shorten the period of construction for the overall scheme and therefore reduce the impact on the highway network and enable the realisation of the proposed benefits as early as possible. In building a new bridge over the previous “hole” over the railway line (which will carry all northbound traffic) the scheme will slow down the degradation of the old northbound bridge which will give the bridge a longer lease of life and provide a substantially improved public space. Whilst these works progress, it is necessary to install temporary traffic management measures to ensure that journeys can continue in the most efficient way. The current edge beams on both sides of the Network Rail bridge are weak and at some point in the future will require maintenance. If and when future maintenance is required, the works that are underway now will mean the new bridge can remain open to all traffic.

 

As with all funding TfL awards to London boroughs to deliver key elements of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, funding arrangements are governed by Section 159 of the Greater London Authority Act. As the delivery body for the scheme, the borough led on engagement with Network Rail to secure the necessary consents and permissions to plan and carry out works to the bridge deck. TfL has not been involved in the agreement with LB Waltham Forest and Network Rail.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

If you are not satisfied with this response please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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