Friday 8 March 2013 11.08am
I've been in touch with my local councillor about the Tooley Street
roadworks, which were scheduled to finish on December 21 but have now over-run by two and a half months, causing gridlock around London Bridge and massive disruption to bus services.
Here is an official response to my councillor from Southwark Council
's street works manager:
"We are just as frustrated with Southern Gas Networks as our residents...The works are managed by TfL. The gas works on Tooley Street
were originally planned to end in December, however SGN requested an extension to the Street Works Permit with TfL up to April. Due to the slow progress of the works and lack of a continual site presence and after consulting with Southwark Council
, the request was rejected. SGN are now incurring Section 74 charges on a daily basis. I am unable to give you a revised end date for the works as TfL and SGN are still in discussions regarding how best to complete the works with minimum disruption."
The councillor has arranged a meeting for residents with representatives from Southern Gas Networks, TfL and other ward councillors next week to discuss ways to reduce inconvenience as the works continue. I will be going, and will gladly take along any suggestions/recommendations (although I may restrict myself to relaying the polite ones!)