Friday 12 June 2009 9.19am
Just off the phone with the ever helpful Southwark Regeneration team who are leading the project. Positive progress =
Works commenced on site in December 2008 and they have now cleaned the bricks on the eastern and western side of the tunnel, leaving the area of bridge over the centre of the road. Night-working was initiated in March to complete this section without needing to close the road during the day. Unfortunately the works were too loud and complaints from residents were received necessitating suspension of the works.
Works recommenced on site in June 2009 during a road closure as part of the Thames Water mains replacement programme. Once Thames Water have replaced the water main, Southwark's contractors FM Conway will follow behind to clean the rest of the tunnel. If this should not eventuate for any reason, Southwark have designed a solution to deliver night-working with a noise barrier at the southern mouth of the tunnel They hope to avoid doing this to save on project budget, but have this option should the Thames Water programme be substantially delayed.
The tunnel cleaning works will take an estimated 6 weeks to complete up until the end of July, after which time Southwark lighting engineers will begin replacing the light fittings within the tunnel, and erect a new colourful feature lighting system on the northern facade of the bridge.
All works are estimated to complete September 2009.
Relevant Southwark web-page
Team London Bridge