The council, working with its contractor Hounslow Highways, continues to progress the improvement works to the Hounslow Road bridge in Feltham.
Published: Wednesday, 18th September 2019
An important part of this work is the diversion of a large number of utilities (water, fibre cable, telecoms etc), all of which use the bridge infrastructure to run their services across the rail line. This work has proven to be far more complex than initially thought by the utility companies at the project planning stage.
Additionally, works completed by utility companies onsite has often encountered delays at short notice which have in turn had a knock-on effect on other companies, as generally only one company can work onsite at any one time for safety reasons. Frustratingly, the council has no direct contract with utilities providers and their subcontractors and therefore has little way of penalising them for poor performance.
In January 2019 the council put out a statement that we believed the bridge could reopen in the summer period, having originally been planned to open in spring. Attendees at the local Bedfont, Feltham and Hanworth area forum meetings, which senior council, Hounslow Highways and Network Rail staff have presented at regularly throughout 2019, will have also heard that a summer reopening date was anticipated.
However, due to slower than hoped for progress by utility companies during July and August, the bridge unfortunately cannot open until later in the year. The council and our contractors are working as hard as possible to secure a reopening of the bridge at the very least in one direction as soon as possible, and hopefully before the Christmas period. To achieve this, we require all utility companies, and particularly Affinity Water, Virgin Media and British Telecommunication to adhere to their agreed scope of works and timetable.
Phase 2 of the Feltham Town improvements, currently underway along the High Street between the station and Browells Lane, remain on track to complete by the end of next summer.
Cllr Khan, Lead Member for transport said:
“The council is fully aware of the inconvenience that this closure of a key crossing of the railway is having for the people and businesses in Feltham and we are absolutely committed to completing the works and reopening the bridge as soon as it is safe to do so. Please bear with us as we bring the largest investment in Feltham’s infrastructure in a generation to completion.”