Significant number of projects likely to lead to traffic delays
With a number of bridges now closed or partially closed in South West London, traffic and delays in Wandsworth now seem likely.
Along with some road and lane closures to help with social distancing measures, it can be confusing to keep up.
It’s always best to be prepared, so we’ve put together a roundup of the major roadworks in and around Wandsworth this week.
Although it is situated in neighbouring Lambeth, the closure of Vauxhall Bridge to general traffic looks set to displace traffic to other parts of Wandsworth.
It has been closed since August 9 for safety-critical repair work and is not expected to reopen until late November.
However, people can still walk or cycle across the bridge, and for the moment, southbound buses, coaches and licensed taxis can drive across the bridge.
However, Transport for London have warned that this may change later.
It was already closed to vehicles indefinitely, but since August 13 Hammersmith and Fulham Council has closed the bridge to all members of the public, including pedestrians and cyclists, due to urgent safety concerns.
Inspections carried out as part of the restoration works identified an existing crack that worsened due to the extreme heat conditions recently in the capital.
The bridge and pedestrian under-passes on both sides of the river will remain closed until engineers confirm it is safe to re-open. Boats will also not be allowed to pass under the bridge until further notice.
Refurbishment work means there is reduced road capacity on Wandsworth Bridge until late September, with only a single running lane being maintained in both a northbound and southbound direction. Cycle lanes have temporarily been suspended.
There will also be the requirement to sometimes close the bridge to northbound traffic to switch the traffic management between phases of works.
The closures will be overnight with a signed diversion via Putney Bridge.
After September the second-phase of the refurbishment will move to the underside of the bridge which should cause less disruption.
Beaumont Road, SW19
The road is closed outside number 4 for National Grid Electric utility works, and is expected to finish on August 28.
Buckhold Road, SW18
Two-way temporary traffic signals outside numbers 1-8 for Thames Water
utility works on August 22 only.
Heythorp Street, SW18
Closed at the junction with Replingham Road for carriageway works, due to finish August 21.
Mitcham Road, SW17
Lane closure outside number 235 for UKPN utility works between August 17 and 21.
Pirbright Road, SW18
The road is open for access only from the junction of Wimbledon Park Road with no access from Replingham Road junction. Standen Road is access only from the junction of Wimbledon Park road to the junction of Balvernie Grove with no access to Wimbledon Park Road due to works related to the Replingham Road closure for carriageway works, due to finish September 6
Portinscale Road, SW15
Road closed at the junction with West Hill for SGN utility works, due to finish August 28.
Replingham Road, SW18
Road is closed outside number 31 for carriageway works, due to finish August 24.
St Johns Avenue, SW15
Multi-way temporary traffic signals outside 1 Carlton Villas for Thames Water utility works August 22-23.
St Johns Hill, SW11
Lane closure at the junction with Severus Road for BT Openreach utility works August 17-19.
Topsham Road, SW17
Multi-way temporary traffic signals outside number 45 for Thames Water
utility works August 19-21.
West Hill Road, SW15
Closed at the junction with West Hill for SGN utility works, due to finish August 26.
Social distancing measures
To help with social distancing a number of road closures have been implemented in the borough
Old York Road, SW18
Road closed from Swandon Way to Ferrier Street until August 30
Northcote Road, SW11
Road closed from the junction with Battersea Rise to the junction with Broomwood Road every weekend until the end of August.
Harberson Road, Shipka Road, Sistova Road and Rossiter Road
All roads will be closed off at their junctions with Bedford Hill until the end of August 2020.
Sian Bayley - Local Democracy Reporter
August 18, 2020