Collapsed sewer closes road in Bromley town centre - with repairs set to last two weeks
PUBLISHED: 09:39 30 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:19 30 October 2017
A diversion is in place
A collapsed sewer could cause problems getting in and out of Bromley town centre for the next two weeks.
From this morning (Monday) Market Square was closed to traffic, as Thames Water began emergency repair works, but a group representing the town’s shop is urging shoppers to keep visiting.
A spokesperson from Your Bromley said: ““We would like to assure everyone that both Bromley, and its businesses, are open for business as usual during these necessary works by Thames Water and continue to offer the same great shopping, eating and drink choices.
“We would advise residents and visitors to check for traffic disruption and look out for updates on our Twitter feed @yourbromley.”
In order for the repair to be completed, Market Square will be closed to through traffic at the junction with East Street and Widmore Road, outside Café Rouge, Tui Thomson Holiday Store and Foxtons Estate Agents.
During the works buses will not be use the northern section of the High Street, Market Square, Widmore Road, East Street or College Road.
A spokesperson from Thames Water said: “We urgently need to repair a sewer that has collapsed to prevent localised sewer flooding.”
East Street will service as the only access to West Street, Walters Yard, North Street and Sainsbury’s car park.
Bromley council has stated the repair work could take “up to two weeks”.
Thames Water told us it was working toward a slightly shorter target.
A spokesperson said: “Our engineers will be digging two meters down to fix the pipe, and we’ll be working as quickly and safely as possible to get the road reopened within the next 10 days.”
While Market Square is closed, traffic will be diverted via Tweedy Road A21 and London Road in both directions.
Buses will be diverted along the main diversion where they will continue with their usual route.
Access to The Glades car park via Glades place is not currently affected.
Motorists coming from Kentish Way/Tweedy Road A21 into Widmore Road, travelling towards the closure, should note that a secondary localised diversion will be in place via Court Street, South Street, East Street, West Street, College Road, with motorists then able to pick up the main diversion route on Tweedy Road and London Road.
Whilst the road closure is in place, the bus lane on London Lane and Beckenham Lane will be suspended to allow access at all times to the northern section of the High Street, to the High Street, Market Square and Church Road.