Morgan Sindell have been appointed as contractor to replace two bridges which cross London Tramlink in a joint project. The 120 year old Blackhorse Lane Bridge and the nearby Addiscombe Park Bridge are to be replaced with work due to commence this summer ahead of full reopenings in January 2019. Tramlink services will be affected at times during this period but the majority of work will be completed without disrupting the trams.
The bridge replacement is a joint project between Transport for London and the London Borough of Croydon and it has been decided to work on both together to deliver cost and time savings. As part of the plans Addiscombe Park Bridge will be made two metres wider to include a cycle path.
Rory O’Neill, General Manager for London Trams, said: “The appointment of Morgan Sindall as the preferred contractor is an important step in replacing this 120 year old bridge which is reaching the end of its natural life. Working closely with the London Borough of Croydon has meant that we can replace both Blackhorse Lane and Addiscombe Park bridges as a joint project, helping us construct them both quicker and more cheaply. We look forward to both bridges being open to the public in January 2019.”
Pedestrian and cycling access will be maintained throughout the bridge closures although Blackhorse Lane Bridge will be closed to all users for a short period when the bridge deck is removed and replaced.