Roding Bridge roadworks to end Wednesday

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Single lane traffic on Roding Bridge Single lane traffic on Roding Bridge

The end is in sight to delays and tailbacks after a long-running bridge repair but a full inquest has been called for into the delays.

Roding Bridge in Chigwell Rise which links Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell has experienced ongoing repairs since December 2012.

Temporary traffic lights in the road allowing only single lane traffic have caused queues of traffic since the work began.

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

Essex county Council anticipates the lights will be removed on Wednesday but further outstanding work would take place over the following two weeks.

During that fortnight there may be occasional lane closures managed by temporary traffic lights at off peak times between 10am and 3pm.

Valerie Metcalfe, Essex County Councillor for Buckhurst Hill and Loughton South said: “John Knapman [county councillor for Chigwell Village]and I have decided that we do want a full inquest into how and why this has taken so long as we are both so furious and frustrated.

“I shall probably go and chain myself to their railings next Thursday if the lights have not been removed by then.”

A spokesman for the highways authority said: “We would like to apologise for the disruption and inconvenience to residents while works are being carried out.

“We would like to thank residents for their patience and cooperation while we complete these final works.”

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2:52pm Sat 26 Apr 14

villager1 says...

What already? surely not - April 1st is long gone. Can't wait to see Valerie Metcalfe chained to the railing.
The cost of this fiasco would probably have paid for 20 years of lights being left on all night so we are safe. I hope they tell us exactly how much it has costs - revenue and capital if not I hope someone does a Freedom of Information request to find out.
What already? surely not - April 1st is long gone. Can't wait to see Valerie Metcalfe chained to the railing. The cost of this fiasco would probably have paid for 20 years of lights being left on all night so we are safe. I hope they tell us exactly how much it has costs - revenue and capital if not I hope someone does a Freedom of Information request to find out. villager1
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4:12pm Sat 26 Apr 14

SNGreen says...

About time too!!!! I doubt very much Valerie Metcalfe would chain herself to the railings!

A full inquest would look at if the problems are with the current contractors Ringway Jacobs. They are the same people who have done slap dash work on pot holes and resurfacing. They along with the Highways supremo Rodney Bass do fill one with confidence!
About time too!!!! I doubt very much Valerie Metcalfe would chain herself to the railings! A full inquest would look at if the problems are with the current contractors Ringway Jacobs. They are the same people who have done slap dash work on pot holes and resurfacing. They along with the Highways supremo Rodney Bass do fill one with confidence! SNGreen
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9:46pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

villager1 wrote:
What already? surely not - April 1st is long gone. Can't wait to see Valerie Metcalfe chained to the railing.
The cost of this fiasco would probably have paid for 20 years of lights being left on all night so we are safe. I hope they tell us exactly how much it has costs - revenue and capital if not I hope someone does a Freedom of Information request to find out.
Do not criticise success?
[quote][p][bold]villager1[/bold] wrote: What already? surely not - April 1st is long gone. Can't wait to see Valerie Metcalfe chained to the railing. The cost of this fiasco would probably have paid for 20 years of lights being left on all night so we are safe. I hope they tell us exactly how much it has costs - revenue and capital if not I hope someone does a Freedom of Information request to find out.[/p][/quote]Do not criticise success? Villagecranberry
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12:26am Sun 27 Apr 14

villager1 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
villager1 wrote:
What already? surely not - April 1st is long gone. Can't wait to see Valerie Metcalfe chained to the railing.
The cost of this fiasco would probably have paid for 20 years of lights being left on all night so we are safe. I hope they tell us exactly how much it has costs - revenue and capital if not I hope someone does a Freedom of Information request to find out.
Do not criticise success?
do not criticise success?
blimey if you describe success taking 2 years shoring up a tiny bridge over a brook - god knows what your definition of failure is. I suppose with that attitude no wonder people put up with such shoddy service from local government - and they think they can get away with it - paid by us of course
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]villager1[/bold] wrote: What already? surely not - April 1st is long gone. Can't wait to see Valerie Metcalfe chained to the railing. The cost of this fiasco would probably have paid for 20 years of lights being left on all night so we are safe. I hope they tell us exactly how much it has costs - revenue and capital if not I hope someone does a Freedom of Information request to find out.[/p][/quote]Do not criticise success?[/p][/quote]do not criticise success? blimey if you describe success taking 2 years shoring up a tiny bridge over a brook - god knows what your definition of failure is. I suppose with that attitude no wonder people put up with such shoddy service from local government - and they think they can get away with it - paid by us of course villager1
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