Mitcham Bridge reopens to drivers

Mitcham Bridge opened to drivers on 18 October

Mitcham Bridge reopened on Monday 18 October after more than two years of works following a partial collapse of the structure during heavy rainfall in June 2019 and subsequent demolition and replacement.     

First and foremost, we want to thank members of the local community and borough residents for their patience over that period – we appreciate how disruptive the works have been and are very pleased that we have got the bridge open.   

The Council is liaising with Transport for London about local bus routes.

Buses are likely to remain on diversion while the remaining construction work on both sides of the bridge is completed during the coming weeks. This will include the reinstatement of the traffic island at the end of Wandle Road.  

The fully segregated cycle lanes are partially in operation as contractors continue to finish works on and around the structure – again, we will keep cyclists fully informed about when these are in use.

Visiting the site on Tuesday 19 October, Councillor Martin Whelton, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration the Climate Emergency, said: “I’m delighted that we have finally been able to open the rebuilt Mitcham Bridge.    

“It’s fantastic to see the bridge open again and traffic flowing, but also the excellent new cycle lanes that we have on the bridge.  

“I would like to take this opportunity of thanking residents who have accepted the massive change to their working lives daily for more than two years and borne the brunt of the disruption.   

“We’d also like to thank the council staff from across many directorates and contractors – including Land & Water who built the bridge, as well at colleagues at TfL and other bodies working across the capital.”