The Challenge:

On 12 December, Transport for London requested an emergency road closure on the Northbound A2 between Danson off-slip to Westhorne on-slip, to rectify a dangerously failing 600sqm patch of carriageway. The section was part of our A102-2 block lane closures, however the patch’s position in lane 2 prevented correct safety zones - a well known drawback to the block lane closure methodology.

The Solution:

With a full closure unavoidable, we were determined to make the shift productive for ourselves, our client, the public and the boroughs of Bexley and Greenwich. We identified over 30 defects and several pieces of cyclic work in the section, most of which were inaccessible without a full road closure in place. At short notice we drafted in supply chain partners ELM, WJ and Flowline to complete surfacing, lining, studding and drainage works alongside our operatives under Blue Arrow’s traffic management. The night was a perfect example of collaboration across the whole chain, not only between ourselves and our supply chain, but also internally between our East and West

Maintenance Day (Jimmy Deeprose, Dan Dance) and Night (Lewis Bates, Wesley Elmore) Supervisors, who worked seamlessly to provide resource, plant and materials, and our LoHAC and Surrey contract staff who ensured stats plans were calculated for the crews.

The Impact:

TfL ensured the night went ahead smoothly, identifying works for a separate contract struggling to gain access and monitoring traffic flow - a concern during full closures but which proved fine in the event.

The night’s success proved full closures are the future for 2019’s programme when compared to the traditional block lane closure method:

•Better value for money for client and the public: approx. 90% more work completed on the night.

•Safer network for the public: defects accessed easier and quicker, reduced deterioration, more

efficient patching and less exposure during works.

•Less disruption for the public and surrounding boroughs: approx. 40% timescale reduction if applied across entire programme.

•Safer environment for our operatives: 100% near miss reduction experienced on the night.

•Enhanced learning opportunities: training experiences and ticketed qualifications in a sterile area if applied across entire programme.

•Improved collaborative opportunities: contractors, utilities and boroughs alike could benefit.

" Thanks to Jimmy Deeprose, Dan Mable and all the guys who worked on the emergency works last night. Special thanks to ELM and WJ for supplying resources and materials at very short notice. The shift went very well and the emergency repair was carried out alongside a number of works that were waiting for the block lane closures. We also got a section of lining done at short notice which would have otherwise been impossible to carry out safely. "
Kevin Bishop Asset Operations Manager (Bexley/Bromley) Transport for London

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