The Roding Bridge project was due to be completed in six weeks but residents of Epping Forest will have to wait 16 months

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Bridge delays now down to 'crumbling' Bridge delays now down to 'crumbling'

A further apology has been made to residents over a bungled bridge repair which was scheduled to last six weeks but will now take 16 months.

Temporary traffic lights have been in place while Roding Bridge, which links Chigwell and Buckhurst Hill, is reduced to a single lane following the start of work on the busy route in December 12.

Motorists and households have endured regular congestion, prompting Essex County Council to apologise once again for the delay.

There have been a variety of problems with the project, including a dispute with utility providers, vandalism and the recent discovery that the bridge was crumbling.

An Essex County Council spokesman said: “Essex County Council would like to apologise for the disruption and inconvenience residents have experienced with regard to the vital repair works being carried out on Roding Bridge.

“We are sorry it has taken so much longer than first anticipated and we would like to thank our residents for their cooperation and patience whilst these works are being undertaken.”

Despite saying the work will be completed by 2014, the authority has warned this deadline may change.

The spokesman added: “Currently we cannot predict the weather in the next few months, and with this type of work we are dependent on good weather.

“Any prolonged period of cold or wet conditions may affect this.”

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1:53pm Fri 7 Feb 14

villager1 says...

Now they are blaming the weather instead of their incompetence. We want to know what was the original budget for this work and how much will this eventually cost and what will be cut to pay for this extra expenditure? It seems no one will take responsibility for this bungled project and they are being disingenuous. Essex Highways could not organise the proverbial p*** up - everything they do is a nightmare - part time street lighting, pot holes - just look at our roads. The councillor and the head of department responsible need to resign.
Now they are blaming the weather instead of their incompetence. We want to know what was the original budget for this work and how much will this eventually cost and what will be cut to pay for this extra expenditure? It seems no one will take responsibility for this bungled project and they are being disingenuous. Essex Highways could not organise the proverbial p*** up - everything they do is a nightmare - part time street lighting, pot holes - just look at our roads. The councillor and the head of department responsible need to resign. villager1
  • Score: 14

5:59pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

villager1 wrote:
Now they are blaming the weather instead of their incompetence. We want to know what was the original budget for this work and how much will this eventually cost and what will be cut to pay for this extra expenditure? It seems no one will take responsibility for this bungled project and they are being disingenuous. Essex Highways could not organise the proverbial p*** up - everything they do is a nightmare - part time street lighting, pot holes - just look at our roads. The councillor and the head of department responsible need to resign.
They are doing their best, why are you criticising an unfinished job?
[quote][p][bold]villager1[/bold] wrote: Now they are blaming the weather instead of their incompetence. We want to know what was the original budget for this work and how much will this eventually cost and what will be cut to pay for this extra expenditure? It seems no one will take responsibility for this bungled project and they are being disingenuous. Essex Highways could not organise the proverbial p*** up - everything they do is a nightmare - part time street lighting, pot holes - just look at our roads. The councillor and the head of department responsible need to resign.[/p][/quote]They are doing their best, why are you criticising an unfinished job? Villagecranberry
  • Score: -8

6:27pm Fri 7 Feb 14

hursthill says...

Hi Villagecranberry,

Did you used to post comments under the name Cornbeefur ? The reason I ask is because he had a very similar style to you - always trying to wind people up. Or maybe you were just in the same class at school ?

Regards,
Hursthill.
Hi Villagecranberry, Did you used to post comments under the name Cornbeefur ? The reason I ask is because he had a very similar style to you - always trying to wind people up. Or maybe you were just in the same class at school ? Regards, Hursthill. hursthill
  • Score: 10

7:16pm Fri 7 Feb 14

villager1 says...

Doing their best Cornbeefur? if that is their best God help us - and not with my money thank you. Who on earth starts major repair on a bridge on a key road without first doing a survey of the condition of the existing bridge and also checking that they have all the licences and agreements from the utilities and communication companies before starting? even the office junior should know this.
Just shows what you know - did you use to work for them? that would explain your stupidity.
Doing their best Cornbeefur? if that is their best God help us - and not with my money thank you. Who on earth starts major repair on a bridge on a key road without first doing a survey of the condition of the existing bridge and also checking that they have all the licences and agreements from the utilities and communication companies before starting? even the office junior should know this. Just shows what you know - did you use to work for them? that would explain your stupidity. villager1
  • Score: 10

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