Bowes Road footbridge

Meeting:

Mayor's Question Time

Date:

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Reference:

Question 2014/3864

Main question

Joanne McCartney

I have repeatedly raised the issue of the closure of the Wilmer Way/Bowes Road footbridge stairs which are currently taped up due to a structural fault. In March, TfL informed me that the stairs on the footbridge were closed due to a structural failure of pin joints at these locations and investigations were being carried out to establish the cause of the failure, and to remedy the problem as quickly as possible. However, further to that email TfL responded in June to inform me that the footbridge was still accessible via the ramps at present with no indication of when the fault with the stairs would be resolved. This is causing a lot of difficulties for my local constituents and there are great concerns that local school children are not using the footbridge since the stairs are out of action, and are crossing the extremely busy road. Do you think that this is an adequate response and what action will be taken to ensure the fault with the footbridge is rectified as soon as possible before there is an accident? Please provide me with details and timelines for the necessary repairs so that I can inform my local residents.


Answer

The Mayor

A design solution is currently being developed that will resolve the issue. Until then the only safe option is to keep the stairs closed.  TfL intends to be able to lift the restriction by April 2015.

At Wilmer Way there is a pedestrian crossing facility less than 50 metres away. The footbridge remains open and is still accessible via the ramps, which remain open.  TfL visited the footbridge recently at the end of a school day and observed pedestrians using both the footbridge and the pedestrian crossing.