Friday 26 February 2010 11.11am
, is if I recall corectly, TFL Red Route - so Transport For London, rather than a London Borough.
There are restrictions on all road works as to when they're allowed to do work. Generally not during rush hour, or before a certain time am, or after a certain time pm. When doing work on site, the barriers are widened, to give the workers more room, and this causes more traffic congestion, also large vehicles delivering/removing plant, tools, machinery, materiels, etc cause more congestion. These movements are restricted to out of rush hour times.
essentially this means that when the vast majority of people are going past road works, there isn't actually any work being done.
all works require permits. 24 hour working would require overtime payments - yes work would get done quicker, but then gangs would have no work to do between, when one years money runs out, and April 1st, when they start again.
Also with lots or road works happening, your subcontracted gang or workers can't be everywhere at once.
I personally agree that roads should be worked on 24 hours a day if possible, to get stuff done quicker, and reduce the amount of time (no of days) that traffic management is in place, but there are restrictions in place. one of the biggest is the amount of noise you're allowed to make while on site.
(not applicable on Waterloo bridge necessarily)
hope that helps.