Burst water main on the Dulwich Village section of the South Circular – Update

As many of you will be aware, on Thursday afternoon – 15th October – a major water main burst beneath the South Circular just outside the more westerly entrance to Dulwich Park resulting in considerable damage to the highway and pavement and copious flooding. The road has been closed in both directions between Lordship Lane and College Road since the incident resulting in gridlock throughout the entire area. It has been advised that there is now a signposted diversion via Croxted Road, Norwood Road, Half Moon Lane, Village Way, East Dulwich Grove, Lordship Lane.
Officially, we have been advised that the repairs will take at least until Sunday evening to complete. Meanwhile, a Thames Water engineer on site this morning indicated that the works could well extend into next week and that the extent of damage to the highway would mean that it is likely to remain closed to motor vehicles in both directions for the duration. Access to pedestrians and cycles will be maintained throughout. 

Update on Southwark’s Plans and our Complementary Proposal

A fair amount has happened since our last report on  Southwark’s ‘Covid-19’ road schemes.

Southwark are pressing ahead with their plan, combining the 24/7 Village junction closure (already done) with a brace of timed camera restrictions designed to relieve Dulwich Village of the standing traffic jams caused by that closure.  They have added an extra camera restriction on Burbage Road at the junction with College Road, which will stop that road being used as a bypass to Croxted Road, but does amplify the access issues for our residents.

They have started installing the cameras; we are not sure when they will ‘go live’ but expect end-October or thereabouts.

We have developed what we call our ‘Complementary Proposal’ – first outlined in our last mail – which is designed to tweak Southwark’s plan and create a more fair and balanced outcome for our residents, for the shops and restaurants in the village, and importantly for the streets around us.  This involves re-opening the village junction and installing a westbound camera on Calton Avenue at the Village junction, and implementing an access scheme for all Southwark residents.  The proposal is set out in some detail in a slideshow which is available below.

Southwark have reshuffled their cabinet and Richard Livingston has been replaced by two new Cabinet members – Catherine Rose (catherine.rose@southwark.gov.uk) is the new Cabinet Member for Leisure, Environment & Roads and Radha Burgess (radha.burgess@southwark.gov.uk) is the new Deputy Cabinet Member for Low Traffic Southwark, together they assume responsibility for the road closures, restrictions and so on.

We have met with Catherine and Radha and presented our proposal to them.  It was a constructive meeting and they seemed open. We are sending a delegation to Southwark’s Cabinet Meeting on 20 October, which is addressing a petition to remove the various road closures, see link below for the petition (count to date: 2,558).  In the interests of balance, there is also a petition to support the closures, also via the link below (count to date 44).  We understand the Cabinet meeting proceedings will be ‘live-streamed’ on Youtube so we will send out a link when we get it for anyone interested.  There is no guarantee our delegation will be called on to speak but we are hopeful, in which case we will outline the issues caused by the current plan and how we think it could be amended rather than abandoned.

We have also met with The Dulwich Estate, the Dulwich Society and One Dulwich and presented our proposal to each.  We are aiming to agree a ‘cross-community’ position which will be harder for Southwark to ignore.

We will update after the Cabinet meeting next week.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, concerns or if you would like to get more involved in this effort, please do reach out.

Link for Southwark petitions:
http://moderngov.southwark.gov.uk/mgEPetitionListDisplay.aspx?RPID=772853666&HPID=772853666&VM=2

DVRA presentation Draft 12Oct20