Jo Johnson MP hosted a meeting in Westminster today, attended by local councillors Colin Smith and Melanie Stevens, along with David Blackburn of Bromley Council and representatives from Thames Water and Southern Gas Network.
The purpose of the meeting was to bring together relevant parties to encourage Thames Water to work with Southern Gas Network, in order to minimise the disruption caused by utilities works on Leaves Green Road, which is of major concern to local businesses and residents.
Thames Water have agreed to install a pressure release valve (PRV) on this part of their network, which will halve the pressure on the pipework. The PRV will support the pipe infrastructure, prolong the life of the mains water pipe and will lead to a greater than 50% reduction in the number of leaks in the network. The work to install the PRV will be carried out in the week commencing 5 January 2015, coinciding with Southern Gas Network works which have already been scheduled.
Local councillors urged Thames Water and Southern Gas Network to make every effort to minimise disruption to road users during their works. Both Thames Water and Southern Gas Networks offered assurances that traffic flows would be carefully monitored and adjustments will be made to temporary traffic lights to reflect this; manual traffic controls will also be employed as necessary.
Jo Johnson MP said: 'I am very pleased that progress was made at this meeting. Biggin Hill residents have had to put up with terrible delays along Leaves Green Road for too long. It was good to see all parties working towards the same goal of improving gas and water infrastructure as necessary, while considering the impact that these works have on local residents and businesses. I thank everyone who attended today's meeting for their time and look forward to the completion of this next stage of Thames Water and Southern Gas Network works by mid-January.'