Monday, 15 April 2013

Road Closure as Crane Leaves WWF site

Brewery Road will be closed this Saturday (20 April) as the crane is removed from the WWF building site.  The removal of the huge crane means that Brewery Road needs to be closed from 7am to 6pm on Saturday.  The road will be closed from Chobham Road to the first turning into Horsell Moor.

Vehicles are diverted via the Arthur's Bridge roundabout or Well Lane onto Lockfield Drive.  Coming into Horsell this will require a u-turn on the Harelands roundabout.

Pedestrians will need to travel to and from Chobham Road and the town centre via the towpath.  Although there will be step free access from the new Bedser Bridge to the towpath when the WWF HQ is complete at the moment there are several steps up to the bridge.  On Saturday anyone in a wheelchair, mobility scooter or with a buggy is likely to have to go along the towpath to Chobham Road (just when you thought the diversions were over).

Wilmott Dixon have the facility to close the road on Sunday as well but hope to complete all the removal on Saturday unless there are very windy conditions.

I have had great difficulty getting information about the timing and scale of this road closure.  I was originally consulted as a borough councillor about a closure that was planned for two weekends ago.  I heard nothing more until a county colleague forwarded me a Travel Alert about a closure this coming weekend.  As a close neighbour of the building site I had a note through the door from Wilmott Dixon last week but residents of Horsell Moor tell me they have seen nothing.  Notices went up on lamp posts in Brewery Road over the weekend but they refer to a closure on 6/7 April.  They fail to make it clear that the whole road will be closed.

It took phone calls to Surrey's call centre (member of staff very helpful but had no information), the Wilmott Dixon site manager and the provider of the crane removal equipment to get answers.

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