‘Omnishambles’ A13 repairs in Barking extended as TfL misses target

PUBLISHED: 14:00 03 May 2016 | UPDATED: 11:57 04 May 2016

Work carried by TfL at the Lodge Avenue flyover in Barking was branded an

Work carried by TfL at the Lodge Avenue flyover in Barking was branded an "omnishambles"


Maintenance work on the Barking leg of the A13 has been criticised as an “omnishambles” after Transport for London (TfL) announced it would be extended for another week.

Workers from TfL have just completed their third weekend of repairs at Barking’s Lodge Avenue flyover amid complaints about poor planning.

Sam Hamilton, 38, complained to TfL on Friday after spotting signs warning of work taking place on May 2 and 29, only for a dash to be added between the dates – making them suggest time-travelling workers would carry out repairs from May 29 to May 2.

“The signs were very misleading,” she said. “They put the dash in-between the dates on Saturday and there was no posting online about diversions or bus closures until I made it perfectly clear what I thought of them on Twitter.”

Solicitor Sam, who lives in Windor Road, Dagenham, branded the weekend an “omnishambles”, tweeting under her Twitter handle @No5BusPassenger.

And she said the fact that there will be continuing work this weekend was evidence of an inability to plan ahead that has characterised the recent works.

“They just think people in Barking and Dagenham can be trapped in their homes and drivers can be left to get stuck in traffic,” Sam said. “There was a complete lack of consideration for anybody who lives in this borough.”

A TfL spokeswoman said more work to replace movement bearings at the flyover will be carried out from 10pm on Friday to 5am on Monday, stating this was always a possible back-up plan.

And TfL’s director of asset management, Dana Skelley, said lessons had been learned during the closures, the first of which was on the weekend beginning April 8.

“I’d like to thank road users for their patience while we carried out the latest stage of this essential work, which is on schedule for completion next week,” she said.

“We will ensure our contractors take heed of the feedback about the signage ahead of next weekend’s closure and continue to work with them to minimise disruption.”

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