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“Mayhem” as seven months of roadworks begin on Bexley Village bridge

PUBLISHED: 15:27 11 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:03 12 January 2016

Bexley Village bridge

Bexley Village bridge

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Toby Ballard lives and operates his business from Bexley Village

A Bexley Village business and homeowner claims work to replace the bridge in Bexley Village has already caused “mayhem” for his family.

Toby Ballard, 44 has criticised proposed works, with traffic lights set up at the entrance for his contracting business, meaning tractors from his work could block traffic.

The bridge currently has temporary two way traffic lights set up as part of the council’s seven-month plan to replace the bridge.

Starting from February 22, the deck of the old bridge will be demolished while foundations for the new one are built.

During this time the road will be closed completely, with north and southbound diversions put in place.

But ahead of the closure, Mr Ballard claims the current situation has left the road in “mayhem”.

Speaking on Monday he explained: “The works are causing mayhem, because no one has put something out to say don’t block the driveway.

“No one can move when the tractors are trying to get out and traffic gets stacked through the lights

“My son is severely disabled and uses a bus to get to school, it was an hour and a half late today (Monday) trying to pick him up, I don’t know what time he’ll be home tonight.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, the bus could start refusing to pick him up as there are other children using the service.

“He has to get up early and still wont be home until about 6pm, it’s a long day for him - he’s only six.”

But speaking today, Mr Ballard said: “I woke up this morning and it was an absolute dream.

“People obviously were put off by the traffic yesterday, obviously its not good for local businesses to have visitors avoiding the area.

“But my son got home from school early where it had got so bad that morning and people avoided the roads, we’ll have to see if it lasts.”

A spokesperson from the council said: “Two way traffic lights are currently operating intermittently in Bexley Village however these will only be in place when absolutely necessary.

“If anyone has an issue related to the bridge works they should email our Highways Team at bridges@bexley.gov.uk and their query will be dealt with as a matter of urgency.

“The Highways team are aware of an access issue at Clarendon mews in Bexley Village and are currently dealing with this.”

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