Could The Westway be Next to Close?
TfL insider says all London's overhead roads have come to the end of their life
An insider with Transport for London has predicted that the Hammersmith Flyover will be closed before and after the Olympics, with restricted opening permitted during the Games.
The insider, who accused TfL bosses of "spinning lies and deceit" has also claimed to the Fulham Chronicle that other overhead roads including the Westway may also be forced to close, saying: "The Westway faces the same problem.
"All of London's overhead road structures are going to as well. It's the end of their 50 year life.
" It's coroding concrete, it's the same everywhere, but especially here because of the salt used to de-ice roads during the winter time."
This new claim comes on the day London Mayor Boris Johson paid a high profile visit to the flyover, and was told that investigations of the extent of the damage must continue for a further week before engineers can decide whether it is strong enough to allow its reopening even to light traffic. which has been closed since December 23.
Today the team on site also outlined the measures they have put in place. They include:
The creation of an extra lane on Talgarth Road to help minimise the impact of the closure;
Close liaison with the relevant local authorities to keep local people, businesses and organisations informed of the ongoing work taking place;
Plans to divert traffic from the M4 to other routes if necessary;
Working with boroughs on the efficient management of their roads to help cope with the closure
" One thing I can assure Londoners of is that a plan is being finalised within the next few days and work is already beginning on strengthening the flyover so that it is fully operational well ahead of the 2012 Games."
January 6, 2012