UPDATE: Business owners speak out against Bexley Council plans to close Manor Road, Erith for 10 weeks

UPDATE: 'Horrendous' Erith road closures to cause 'chaos'

Pete Benson (46), Jamie Hawkins (28) and Richard Brinkley (39) of Worldwide Pallet Logistics Limited

Pete Benson (46), Jamie Hawkins (28) and Richard Brinkley (39) on Manor Road, Erith.

Manor Road. Erith will be closed for 10 weeks from June 16.

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Plans to close a collapsing Erith road for 10 weeks will cause "chaos" according to business owners.

Bexley Council will close Manor Road from June 16 for resurfacing work. 

During this period it will be blocked off to through traffic.

Peter Benson is the director of Worldwide Pallet Logistics Limited in Manor Road.

He said: "We run 45ft double decker trailers, 18 tonners and 7.5 tonners and we have not been notified.

"How on earth are they going to get through the width barriers?

"They cannot close the whole road."

News Shopper:

Mr Benson contacted the council after seeing news of the road closure on News Shopper's website and arranged to meet with council representatives May 20.

He added: "They should have told us weeks ago.

"It is going to cause chaos. It's going to be horrendous."

Manor Road traffic will be diverted in and out via Bridge Road and Northend Road.
The 99 and N99 buses will also be diverted.

News Shopper:

A Bexley Council spokesman said: "The foundations of Manor Road are failing and urgently need to be replaced.

"The council has allocated significant funding to carry out these repairs which has been planned to take advantage of the school summer holidays.

"If we do not carry out this work, the road could fail resulting in severe long-term consequences for local people and businesses.

"At the same time a Local Safety Scheme, funded by Transport for London, will be introduced.

"The scheme will enhance the existing pedestrian crossing and provide two new crossings, one for pedestrians and one for cyclists. The 20mph zone will be extended to reduce traffic speeds.

"We will be writing to local residents and visiting local businesses to tell them about the diversions that will be needed during the works, including those affecting buses, in the next few weeks."

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12:32pm Wed 21 May 14

Love London Life says...

Fold those arms chaps... Must be a bit on the cold side in Erith
Fold those arms chaps... Must be a bit on the cold side in Erith Love London Life
  • Score: 6

1:14pm Wed 21 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Horrendous.

Chaos

Keep 'em coming Shopper.
Horrendous. Chaos Keep 'em coming Shopper. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 10

2:37pm Wed 21 May 14

PaulErith says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Horrendous.

Chaos

Keep 'em coming Shopper.
"Epidemic" has now hit the headlines! (in reference to abandoned lizards of all things!)
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Horrendous. Chaos Keep 'em coming Shopper.[/p][/quote]"Epidemic" has now hit the headlines! (in reference to abandoned lizards of all things!) PaulErith
  • Score: 3

6:18pm Wed 21 May 14

jcp1988 says...

hundreds of lorries use that road everyday thousands of cars! so yes it will be chaos and horrendous you narrow minded people!

if you know the area then comment! I work out of Bilton road and i know how bloody busy it is!!
hundreds of lorries use that road everyday thousands of cars! so yes it will be chaos and horrendous you narrow minded people! if you know the area then comment! I work out of Bilton road and i know how bloody busy it is!! jcp1988
  • Score: 6

6:36pm Wed 21 May 14

Joelo says...

Slade green will be completely gridlocked and that's not making it seem more dramatic.

Why the hell do they have to close the whole road at once?
Slade green will be completely gridlocked and that's not making it seem more dramatic. Why the hell do they have to close the whole road at once? Joelo
  • Score: 4

7:43pm Wed 21 May 14

Bambi* says...

I would of thought the works taking place in the summer holidays would raise the risk of the children in the area being involved in accidents with all the HGVs and other traffic thundering through the local roads.

Isn't it about time that the marshes had a road through them to take the lorries off Manor Road? I bet a vast majority of the HGVs travel from Thames Road up Northend Road to Manor Road for the businesses there and on the marshes.

I wonder how many accidents will occur at the Boundary Street roundabout as the traffic will have to turn there to make its way back down Northend Road into Bridge Street? Couldn't a temporary one way system be introduced in Manor Road travelling in the direction of Northend Road to allow traffic to move more freely, for the essential works to take place on one side of the carriageway and then the next so as to eliminate some of the pressure on Sladegreen roads and make it safer for the children who attend the two primary schools on Sladegreen Road?
I would of thought the works taking place in the summer holidays would raise the risk of the children in the area being involved in accidents with all the HGVs and other traffic thundering through the local roads. Isn't it about time that the marshes had a road through them to take the lorries off Manor Road? I bet a vast majority of the HGVs travel from Thames Road up Northend Road to Manor Road for the businesses there and on the marshes. I wonder how many accidents will occur at the Boundary Street roundabout as the traffic will have to turn there to make its way back down Northend Road into Bridge Street? Couldn't a temporary one way system be introduced in Manor Road travelling in the direction of Northend Road to allow traffic to move more freely, for the essential works to take place on one side of the carriageway and then the next so as to eliminate some of the pressure on Sladegreen roads and make it safer for the children who attend the two primary schools on Sladegreen Road? Bambi*
  • Score: 5

11:10am Thu 22 May 14

highway warrior says...

So if I read that correctly that company have lorries in excess of 32 tonne delivering daily as do the many businesses down there and they wonder why the road is falling apart!!!!

The road was not built to carry the sheer volume of heavy goods vehicles it does. The Darent estate wasnt even there!
It is built on marsh land and therefore suffers from the associated problems of being built on marshland, i.e. vibration and sinkage of foundations.
It will cause disruption but it's either reconstruct it properly every 20 years, or bodge it and go in and do numerous patches every year, creating regular disruption.
Short term pain for long term gain, or short term gain for long term pain. No brainer.

Oh and you can't reconstruct a road of this width safely in halfs so the one way system is a non starter.
So if I read that correctly that company have lorries in excess of 32 tonne delivering daily as do the many businesses down there and they wonder why the road is falling apart!!!! The road was not built to carry the sheer volume of heavy goods vehicles it does. The Darent estate wasnt even there! It is built on marsh land and therefore suffers from the associated problems of being built on marshland, i.e. vibration and sinkage of foundations. It will cause disruption but it's either reconstruct it properly every 20 years, or bodge it and go in and do numerous patches every year, creating regular disruption. Short term pain for long term gain, or short term gain for long term pain. No brainer. Oh and you can't reconstruct a road of this width safely in halfs so the one way system is a non starter. highway warrior
  • Score: 0

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