Chislehurst Road bridge reopened by Bromley mayor Councillor Michael Turner

Bromley & Chislehurst MP Bob Neill with Orpington MP Jo Johnson at the opening of the bridge today

Bromley & Chislehurst MP Bob Neill with Orpington MP Jo Johnson at the opening of the bridge today

First published in Bromley News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

AFTER a year of rebuilding works the Bromley mayoral car was the first vehicle over the Chislehurst Road bridge at its reopening today.

The mayor Councillor Michael Turner cut a ribbon to declare the bridge open before getting in the car to make the historic journey.

Invited guests, including children from nearby Leesons Primary School who took a great interest in every stage of the engineering project, then enjoyed a slice of celebratory cake.

Orpington MP Jo Johnson said: "I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Bromley Council and the contractor, Hochtief, for completing the work on time and on budget. "It is a vital link for Orpington residents and I know that today's opening will be welcomed by many in the constituency."

The bridge needed to be replaced after safety inspections revealed severe structural weaknesses and it had been closed since November 7 last year.

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5:50pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Tonic says...

Let's hope the contractors have done a better job than the shower who did Orpington High Street, otherwise it'll all have to be redone in a year or so with more mega-disruption.
Let's hope the contractors have done a better job than the shower who did Orpington High Street, otherwise it'll all have to be redone in a year or so with more mega-disruption. Tonic
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9:16pm Fri 16 Nov 12

glenn_london says...

Wouldn't a nice clear photo of the bridge be a bit more apt for this story? Those guys have worked hard for a year rebuilding the bridge and we get a photo of two politicians.
Wouldn't a nice clear photo of the bridge be a bit more apt for this story? Those guys have worked hard for a year rebuilding the bridge and we get a photo of two politicians. glenn_london
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8:10am Sat 17 Nov 12

goldenbroomboy says...

glenn_london wrote:
Wouldn't a nice clear photo of the bridge be a bit more apt for this story? Those guys have worked hard for a year rebuilding the bridge and we get a photo of two politicians.
Seconded.
[quote][p][bold]glenn_london[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't a nice clear photo of the bridge be a bit more apt for this story? Those guys have worked hard for a year rebuilding the bridge and we get a photo of two politicians.[/p][/quote]Seconded. goldenbroomboy
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8:30am Sat 17 Nov 12

cookster says...

I love the fact they sent the politicians over first to test it.

Reminds me of that scene in the Indiana Jones movie.
I love the fact they sent the politicians over first to test it. Reminds me of that scene in the Indiana Jones movie. cookster
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1:36pm Sat 17 Nov 12

mouthalmighty says...

I too second the fact that a picture of the bridge and the workmen/women would have been more appropriate. It's always the same: the nobs take all the glory. Well we are not stupid. We know who the glory should go to. The workmen and women who did all the hard manual graft.
I too second the fact that a picture of the bridge and the workmen/women would have been more appropriate. It's always the same: the nobs take all the glory. Well we are not stupid. We know who the glory should go to. The workmen and women who did all the hard manual graft. mouthalmighty
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2:19pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott says...

Why the hell do they have to stage an official opening of a bridge like this? It's not exactly an architectural masterpiece.

This is most definitely a case of a ceremony too far.

Still, at the mayor got his boat* in the picture.

*Boat race = face. This Information is provided for Chiselhurst residents who are far too posh to know cockney rhyming slang and/or shop at Aldi.
Why the hell do they have to stage an official opening of a bridge like this? It's not exactly an architectural masterpiece. This is most definitely a case of a ceremony too far. Still, at the mayor got his boat* in the picture. *Boat race = face. This Information is provided for Chiselhurst residents who are far too posh to know cockney rhyming slang and/or shop at Aldi. Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott
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2:44pm Sat 17 Nov 12

dugong says...

I do not think Tonic need worry about the worlmanship, don't compare the professionals with the outfit that work with LBB authority.

I cannot understand why surveyors from LBB do not oversee the work Conways do whilst it is underway.

Stand at the broomhill stop, just for one, when we've had rain, and one has to skip sharply back when a bus arrives, otherwise we'll get showered with dirty water because of the unevenmess it's been left in, also, feel the bus shake itself to pieces when it enters the main high st at th chislehursr junction.
I do not think Tonic need worry about the worlmanship, don't compare the professionals with the outfit that work with LBB authority. I cannot understand why surveyors from LBB do not oversee the work Conways do whilst it is underway. Stand at the broomhill stop, just for one, when we've had rain, and one has to skip sharply back when a bus arrives, otherwise we'll get showered with dirty water because of the unevenmess it's been left in, also, feel the bus shake itself to pieces when it enters the main high st at th chislehursr junction. dugong
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10:27pm Sat 17 Nov 12

BillHeslop says...

Superb. Now the residents of Chislehurst can go across the bridge and down Poverest Roat. Dont bother going to Petts Wood. Go towards the Cray. On Cray Avenue is Skulls Cafe and a wide selection of fine food. A must for all.
Superb. Now the residents of Chislehurst can go across the bridge and down Poverest Roat. Dont bother going to Petts Wood. Go towards the Cray. On Cray Avenue is Skulls Cafe and a wide selection of fine food. A must for all. BillHeslop
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3:01pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Gypo.Joe says...

Do ya serve up hedgehog burgers Bill ?
Do ya serve up hedgehog burgers Bill ? Gypo.Joe
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