West Bridge works
11 Mar 2019
On Monday 25 March, we start the next stage of work on the West Bridge in the Fruit and Veg Market. We will do this work in three stages, with each stage expected to last approximately five weeks.
We ran some trials to show how we would carry out the works and how traffic would continue to flow underneath the West Bridge throughout. Based on this we have optimised traffic control measures to minimise any impact on tenants and customers. Our traders have been notified about these works, and had the opportunity to observe the trials and ask questions.
TIMINGS FOR WORKS
Work will take place outside peak market hours, between 08:00-17:00 Monday-Friday, so as to minimise disruption. However, each section will remain cordoned off for the full five weeks of each stage. Parking bays will remain cordoned off in this time too.
REMOVING THE ASBESTOS
The first stage of this work will be the removal of the asbestos boarding fixed to the underside of the West Bridge. Like most buildings of the 1970s, including many schools and hospitals, the market was built using asbestos. In order to progress with the construction of the new market, we need to ensure that all existing buildings on site are completely asbestos free.
The asbestos removal will follow a standardised method that is Health and Safety Executive compliant. The CGTA’s asbestos expert witness has reviewed this, and our own advisors have observed and approved this method. During the works, there will also be regular air testing monitoring by an independent asbestos analyst to prove there is no asbestos exposure to people or produce.
We will be doing a dry run of the first stage on Thursday 28 February in order to familiarise the traffic management team with the new layout. This team will be on site for the full duration of works to help direct the flow of traffic.
SINGLE LANE TRAFFIC THROUGH CENTRE ROW
For the first stage of works, the section of C Road and B Road beneath the West Bridge, and along Centre Row, will reduce to a single lane. The visual, below, shows how this section of the market will operate from 25 March. For the following two stages, one section of road (C Road or B Road) will reduce to a single lane - see below for visuals. We will always have one vehicle route kept open so you’ll still be able to move along the Centre Row safely throughout.
FORK LIFT TRUCK DRIVERS
Forklift truck routes will remain open throughout. However, if you drive a forklift truck you may need to wait occasionally as we let lorries and vans pass. Please remember to take extra care when layouts or routes change on site.
STAGE ONE WORK LAYOUT STARTED MONDAY 25 MARCH
STAGE TWO WORK LAYOUT STARTS MONDAY 29 APRIL
STAGE THREE WORK LAYOUT STARTING APPROX 3 JUNE