The public should expect further disruption in Tooley Street before things improve.
The warning comes from the Pool of London Partnership regeneration agency which is apologising for the disruption to pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and others using Tooley Street at the moment.
The PLP is working with More London Development, Transport for London and Southwark Council to enhance Tooley Street. The Tooley Street Improvement project will seek to overcome some of the longstanding problems that pedestrians, disabled people, cyclists, buses and local businesses encounter with the existing infrastructure.
The work includes widening and resurfacing pavements, reducing street clutter, providing new and useful street furniture in strategic locations, improved lighting, new parking and loading bays to assist servicing for local businesses, improved cycle facilities, new pedestrian crossings, new contraflow bus lane provision from Tower Bridge Road to Fair Street, reinstating two-way traffic along Tooley Street between Fair Street and Bermondsey Street and increasing planting in the area.
The Tooley Street works are expected to be finished by early summer 2003.
• There are two contractor hotline numbers for the public to ring should they have any difficulties with access or safety during the period of disruption. For works between Battlebridge Lane and Weaver's Lane call 08000 833518, and for works either side up to London Bridge to the west and Tower Bridge Road to the east call 020 7732 3664 .