03/11/2017 10:18:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
A number of residents have raised issues in relation to the recent bus diversion caused by the resurfacing of Sussex Road. I have received the following response from officers which does in some part answer your questions:
Firstly I would like to apologise for the inconvenience the resurfacing of Sussex Road has caused to the residents. Regrettably we were unable to implement these works during any other time due to noise restriction in a residential areas.
Our highway inspectors carry out timely inspections of all carriageway and footways in Croydon twice a year and monthly on our busier routes to identify and raise orders to repair sections of the carriageway and footway which meet or will meet our intervention levels. This process allows our highway inspectors to prioritise repairs as well as it ensures that we can target our budgets to sites with the greatest need.
In December 2016 our team identified Sussex Road, for a road repairs, Kier was instructed to commence works onsite from 31 October 2017, Prior to start works a letter was distributed to residents dated 17 October 2017 and buses accordingly.
Unfortunately we were unable to use Selsdon Road as part of diversion route due to the non-availability of low buses. However it is our understanding that the bus diversions signs were instituted on Friday by transport for London (TFL), this is a standard practice.
To enable the council to carry out these works with minimal distributions to the residents it was necessary to close Sussex road between the hours of 7am to 7pm on two sequential days. The council will only implement road closure under exceptional circumstance to safe guard road users and operatives.
In addition Croydon highways are constantly exploring ways to minimise disruption to residents and the surrounding networks while resurfacing works are taking place.