Coordinating streetworks across London so they are carried out in the least disruptive way is one of the key elements of the Mayor's smoothing traffic flow initiative
- Resurfacing taking place between Christmas and New Year to minimise disruption to Londoners
- Closure to be coordinated around removal of the Western Extension of Congestion Charging zone signage
As part of its work to minimise disruption from roadworks, Transport for London (TfL) will be carrying out overnight resurfacing on King William Street in the City of London.
The works, which are subject to suitable weather conditions, have been scheduled to occur overnight on 29 and 30 December, when traffic levels are around 20 per cent lower.
These essential works will not only give road users, especially cyclists, a smoother ride, but they will also help reduce carriageway noise and the need for disruptive maintenance closures, benefitting local residents and businesses.
In order to facilitate the works, London Bridge will be closed overnight to allow King William Street and the junction with Cannon Street to be resurfaced.
Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the works, with vehicles diverted via Tower Bridge and Southwark Bridge.
Although the bridge itself will not be resurfaced, TfL will use the closure of the bridge to carry out maintenance works to the paving, lighting and drainage.
Coordinating these works to take place during the closure will help reduce disruption to Londoners in the future.
As well as resurfacing works along King William Street, TfL will also be working to remove road signs and markings for the Western Extension of the Congestion Charge, which will cease operating on the 24 December 2010.
These works have been coordinated to avoid local events and other planned works on the road network to further minimise disruption to Londoners during the Christmas period.
Garrett Emmerson, Chief Operating Officer for London Streets, said: 'Coordinating streetworks across London so they are carried out in the least disruptive way is one of the key elements of the Mayor's smoothing traffic flow initiative.
'By planning our works to occur overnight during the Christmas break, we can not only get vital improvement works, but also ensure that Londoners are not unduly disrupted as a result.'
To help Londoners better plan for their journeys, TfL has recently updated its website to allow people to see live traffic data which can be viewed on computers and also on mobile devices.
This data is also available via tfl.gov.uk and the London Datastore to allow web developers to create mobile phone applications ('apps').
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