A brand new bus route is being introduced to ensure that residents around the Ravensbury area keep their link to Morden Tube Station while the 118 route is on diversion. The new 718 route will run between Morden Station and Rose Hill Roundabout via London Road, Morden Hall Road, Wandle Road and Bishopsford Road from Saturday 30 November.
The new route has been created by Merton Council and Transport for London (TfL) to minimise travel disruption while repairs are made to the Bishopsford Road Bridge. The seven-day-a-week service will run every 30 minutes (every 35 minutes during weekday peak times) starting at 5am, with the last service departing at 0.30am. Buses will stop at all route 118 bus stops between Morden Tube Station and Wandle Road and all route 280 bus stops between Wandle Road and Rose Hill Roundabout. More information on the route can be found on the TfL website.
As well as stabilising and assessing the structural condition of the bridge, the Council has been working to ensure that flood risk is managed throughout the works and for the permanent future design option. Independent advisory reports have been commissioned, which will include design options for the repair or replacement of Bishopsford Road Bridge. A timescale for the construction programme and for the road to reopen will follow the completion of these reports in the New Year.
Merton Council’s Director of Environment and Regeneration, Chris Lee, said: “This new bus route is welcome news, and I’m delighted that together with TfL we’ve been able to maintain strong public transport links around the Ravensbury area.
“We know that residents are concerned about how the work at Bishopsford Road Bridge may affect their day-to-day lives, and we are taking every possible step to minimise any disruption. It’s also very important that we manage flood risk during the works and in the future, that’s why we’re working in consultation with the Environment Agency about the future permanent design solution.”