Four more months of traffic hell as engineers spot new problem in Roding Bridge project

Roding Lane repairs

Roding Lane repairs

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East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A project to repair a bridge, which was supposed to last six weeks and be completed a year ago, will now drag on until April.

There have been traffic problems since the work on Roding Bridge, which links Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell, began in December 2012.

Vandalism and accusations of delays caused by utility companies have previously been blamed for problems completing the work.

But now Essex County Council says engineers have discovered the new section of the bridge is not properly supported as the structure is only submerged in the river bed by one metre.

Councillor John Knapman said: "It has already been over a year since traffic was limited to a single lane causing misery for our residents.

“While this new problem has to be addressed, the whole matter seems to have been beset with project mismanagement issues and a lack of urgency.

“I will be calling for an investigation so that others do not have to go through the daily delays which have affected those trying to get to work and to school particularly badly."

Cllr Valerie Metcalfe representing Buckhurst Hill and Loughton South, said:"There has been a major problem between Essex County Council and the Utilities Companies which took far too long to resolve.

“We had been promised that the bridge would be operating fully by summer last year. Since then the date has been pushed back again and again."

Utilities companies have denied causing delays, claiming agreed payments were not made on time by Essex County Council.

The Guardian is awaiting a statement from the authority.

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11:09am Tue 21 Jan 14

SNGreen says...

This is representative of Highways at Essex. Why, the ruling party, which both Knapman and Metcalfe are part of, have not sorted out this department which seems to be badly run and organised is beyond me.
This is representative of Highways at Essex. Why, the ruling party, which both Knapman and Metcalfe are part of, have not sorted out this department which seems to be badly run and organised is beyond me. SNGreen
  • Score: 5

11:39am Tue 21 Jan 14

villager1 says...

Presumably the "savings" made in putting us all in danger and inconvenience through the" Part time Night switch off" will be swallowed up in the extra cost of redoing this bridge; It would not be that self designated "brilliant" councillor Rodney Bass who is in charge of all this now? The proverbial P*** up and Brewery come to mind.
Presumably the "savings" made in putting us all in danger and inconvenience through the" Part time Night switch off" will be swallowed up in the extra cost of redoing this bridge; It would not be that self designated "brilliant" councillor Rodney Bass who is in charge of all this now? The proverbial P*** up and Brewery come to mind. villager1
  • Score: 4

2:38pm Wed 22 Jan 14

HappyDucks says...

Oh for goodness sake - SORT THIS MESS OUT !
This is a major route.
Pathetic.
Oh for goodness sake - SORT THIS MESS OUT ! This is a major route. Pathetic. HappyDucks
  • Score: 3

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