We are carrying out works to strengthen, stabilise and repair Bishopsford Road Bridge.

We will update this page as and when there are developments on site, to keep you updated on the progress of the works.

We started strengthening works on 23 April 2019 as part of the annual highway maintenance scheme. We planned to complete the strengthening works by 22 July. Due to the floods that occurred on 10 June, the river bed and foundations of the bridge were "scoured" (eroded) and therefore undermined. This led to the partial collapse of the northern arch on 14 June. We believe that the southern arch has been unaffected and the central arch has been affected slightly. Due to the failure of the bridge, the road will continue to be closed until the bridge has been repaired and is safe for pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

 

15 August 2019 update

FM Conway have undertaken crack injection and underpinning works to stabilise the central arch. The scour hole on the upstream end of the bridge has been filled with stones and gravel. FM Conway will be backfilling the scour hole under the Northern Arch from 15 August. The Environment Agency and the Council will be supervising these works.

Thames Water has isolated the water pipe along the bridge deck and installed a 2nd temporary rider to supply water to properties. UK Power Networks will isolate the High Voltage cable on 15 August at 8:00 AM and re-energise at 6:00 PM during the backfilling and dewatering activities.

Once the stabilisation works are completed, a full inspection will be undertaken followed by a detailed feasibility study and design options analysis for the permanent works. Until such time, we will not be able to advise on the likely timescale for the road to be reopened.

We have installed lighting columns in the park, along the path currently used by pedestrians for safety and security reasons. CCTV and signage has been installed to deter motorcyclists from using the pedestrian and cyclist's footbridge. The sockets to power the ANPR/CCTV cameras have been installed and the ANPR/CCTV cameras will be installed in the coming week.

Transport for London (TfL) have arranged for bus route 280 to serve Bishopsford Road, Wandle Road and Morden Road and this has been running since the morning of Saturday 20 July. TfL have also added a temporary stop on London Road at the junction of Mitcham Park.

We have displayed information boards along the diversion route to inform the public that the local businesses are open as usual and accessible for local vehicular traffic.

Improvement works have been undertaken to level the gravel footpath leading to the pedestrian/cycle footbridge to ensure safety of the path users.

Guardrails will be installed on 16 August subject to good weather conditions on either sides of the footbridge to act as a further deterrent to motorcyclists using the footbridge. This will also be enforced with the ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) cameras and fines will be issued to offending motorists.

Any vegetation encroaching into the gravel footpath has been cut back and the litter has been cleared. This will be monitored regularly

The temporary traffic lights at the junction between Morden Road and Wandle Road have now been removed as the SGN gas works are now being carried out in the footway.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience during this time.