We’re going to start night working on the Charles Cross Transport Improvement Scheme from Monday 19 August.
Working at night will allow us to carry out resurfacing works at various points around the roundabout and on Charles Street without causing disruption during the day.
These night works have always been programmed into the scheme and will hopefully help us to get cones off the road as quickly as possible.
We’re scheduled to work over night from Monday to Friday for six weeks but of course, if we can get it done sooner then we will.
At last! Where are you starting?
In the first week, we’re going to be resurfacing Charles Street, northbound and southbound and as a result, we’ll need to close it between 7pm and 7am.
Northbound, from the roundabout to North Hill/Cobourg Street will be closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night and southbound, from North Hill/Cobourg Street to the roundabout will be closed on Thursday and Friday night.
Hang on, my bus goes through there then.
We know, and as usual, we’ve been speaking to the bus companies about this. For their services past 7pm, they’re going to have to make a diversion. More details on this will be available next week. We’ve also spoken to the emergency services.
Closing the road seems a bit extreme. Can’t you just shut a lane or two?
Sadly not. A full closure is necessary because of the size of the machines that will be used.
We’re basically going to be pulling up the road, right down to its core, before refilling and resurfacing. We’re going deep enough to stop pot holes forming and to give the new road a 40 year life span.
What about after Charles Street? Then what?
After Charles Street, we’ll move onto the roundabout. Every Friday we’ll give you a heads up on which part we’ll be working on for the week ahead.
We could give you a list of our plans now, but as with all construction projects, things can slip because of the weather or other complication, so it’s easier to update you as we go so that there’s no confusion and you only get accurate information.
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Why haven’t you been working at night for the entire scheme?
Well firstly, and most importantly, it’s not fair on residents who live nearby. Charles Cross is quite built up, there are several apartment buildings and hotels very nearby and the site compound is right next to a block of flats.
The other issue is that even when you work at night, you will still need to close lanes during the day, just as when you work during the day, you will still have to close lanes at night.
Lastly, it’s expensive to work overnight – man power can cost twice as much.
Is that it?
Yes, for now. Roadworks aren’t fun; nobody likes them. But we hope that by being honest about the impact and giving you as much info as we can, it helps make the pill a little easier to swallow.
Thanks for bearing with us.