TfL Set to Finally Repair Bridges

Geoff Brighty and Tom Turrell
Transport for London have announced that they will be starting repairs on the Old Dover Road and Charlton Road Bridges. For the past year the bridges have had ‘ugly’ barriers either side following a car accident on the Charlton Road bridge left serious damage to the railings in October 2013.

The railings were not immediately repaired as a TfL investigation revealed that the barriers were not adequately designed to cope with modern cars and said they would repair the railings properly at the same time as scheduled changes to the bridges parapet to control costs.

Old Dover Road also had a new temporary barrier installed as its railings were of the same design as the damaged ones on Charlton Road. Conservative Member of the London Assembly, Gareth Bacon, had been working with local councillor Geoff Brighty to chase up TfL on the repairs.

Cllr Brighty welcomed the news saying

“The temporary barriers will soon be gone and new, stronger and safer permanent barriers will be in place. I will certainly be pleased to see the back of the ugly temporary barriers as I know will many local residents”