A big leak on Norwood Road by the railway bridge in Tulse Hill outside Ira Court has caused huge congestion most of this afternoon and evening. Temporary traffic lights are in place and look likely to remain for some time given the size of hole that has opened up in the road.
Thames say they think works will finish on 20th February, so in the meantime we suggest leaving your car at home if you want to get anywhere quickly!
We had a packed meeting with traders and local residents last week to discuss the potential disruption from Thames Water mains replacements, and to develop a collective community response.
We covered concerns including interruption to business and loss of footfall, transport disruption, congestion, accessibility for older and less able residents, parking, impact on side roads, emergency services, business deliveries, risk of water disruption and ensuring the Feast can continue uninterrupted.
Next steps – we are seeking a meeting urgently with Thames Water to raise the concerns and will continue to involve residents, businesses and Station to Station (the BID). As soon as we have an update, we will circulate it and organise further public meetings.
There has been a major leak on Norwood Road – large holes in the road and water running down Norwood Road and Robson Road breaking the up the road surface.
Diversions are being planned for traffic including buses. At time of writing, only the 322 bus is diverted – down Lancaster Avenue, along Thurlow Park Road and up Rosendale Road. TfL have said that they expect further diversions.
Water was lost in parts of SE27 and SW16 earlier but Thames Water are confident that they have resolved this issue. They expect no further outages but some residents may experience drops in water pressure.
We are in regular contact with TfL and Thames Water so please get in touch if there are further issues.
We will post bus diversions and any further news here and will share on Twitter and Facebook.
Many residents have contacted us about the drop in water pressure or, in many cases, no water at all.
Cllr Fred Cowell has written urgently to Thames Water for information. They have sent us the following update:
“Following the recent freeze and rapid thaw, there have been multiple bursts on our water networks and an increase in leaks in and on customers’ properties. Not all areas are affected equally, but significant numbers of customers are currently without water or have low pressure. This has caused a huge amount of call to come into our call centre and we are doing our best to answer these but are also talking to a significant number of customers via social media.
We are putting as much extra water as we can into our local networks and fixing leaks and bursts as quickly as possible. This afternoon we fixed a burst on an 18” water main in SW16 and which will help bring back pressures in the area although issues with airlocks are also affecting some of our water pumping stations, such as the booster station in Brixton. We are also working hard to prioritise supplies for vulnerable customers and to provide bottled water. There is currently a bottled water station in the carpark at Homebase at 100 Woodgate Drive, Streatham Vale, SW16 5YP. We are constantly resupplying this location and will be setting up other sites tomorrow morning and will provide updates via social media and our websites.
Throughout this time we have been working closely with our Resilience partners and are working in coordination with many other organisations to resolve things as quickly as we can. In the meantime, could you let me know if there are any particularly vulnerable customer you would like me to highlight to our teams so we can make sure they get special attention and are looked after.”
As well as asking for issues in West Norwood to be resolved as quickly as possible, we are asking that a bottled water distribution site be set up urgently in West Norwood as travelling to Streatham for drinking water is unacceptable, especially for vulnerable or older residents, those with children and caring responsibilities, and those without cars.
If you or a neighbour needs additional help, please contact us on ABirley@lambeth.gov.uk, FCowell@lambeth.gov.uk and MDeckersDowber@lambeth.gov.uk
There was a 10 inch pipe burst on Thurlow Park rd on Friday 30 June. This caused small flooding to six gardens and one basement. This burst also created a further burst to a nearby 13 inch pipe. Repairs were carried out and the road was opened on 04 July.
The South Circular Bus Lane will be closed at the Norwood Road junction with Perran Road from Monday 03 July for approximately six weeks. Perran Road will also be closed to traffic, with the diversion routes via Christchurch Road clearly signposted.
Residents will still be able to access their properties. Bus stops outside property number 162 and 385 Norwood Road will also be suspended during this time.
Norwood Road will be closed to traffic travelling southbound between South Circular Road and Elmcourt Road from Monday 21 August for approximately one week. This will include the closure of Palace Road/Leigham Vale at the junction of Norwood Road.
Bus routes 196, 322, 468, 690 and N68 travelling from Herne Hill towards West Norwood will be diverted from Norwood Road, Croxted Road, Thurlow Park Road and Lancaster Avenue before returning to the line of route on Norwood Road. Bus routes 2, 432, X68 and N2 travelling from Tulse Hill towards West Norwood will be diverted from Tulse Hill, Norwood Road/Rosendale Road, Thurlow Park Road/Lancaster Avenue before returning to line of route on Norwood Road. Bus route 68 will terminate at Tulse Hill. We’ll also have appropriate signage in place for cyclists.
Thames Water are in the process of hand delivering letters to the immediate vicinity of recent water leaks, which will include Leigham Vale, Palace Road and the affected part of Norwood Road.
In regards to continued leaks in the local area Thames Water have carried out repairs at the following locations:
Half Moon Lane (small leak near Herne Hill) not on Norwood road although traffic may have been impacted. Now complete.
Tulse Hill (leak on trunk main) single lane closure on Tulse Hill, again may have impacted traffic but no work on Norwood road.
Palace Road/Norwood road junction (leak on 7”) main. Have been working since Friday but have had some challenges repairing the leak. We have a team on site working to repair this and hope re-open the road as quickly as possible.