Delayed Teddington Lock ramp replacement inches closer as dam is completed

By Oliver Monk

21st May 2024 | Local News

A temporary dam allowing the installation of a temporary river access ramp, with the foundations visible on the right of the site. (Photo: Julian Monk)
A temporary dam allowing the installation of a temporary river access ramp, with the foundations visible on the right of the site. (Photo: Julian Monk)

Work continues on a new ramp at Teddington Lock along Ferry Road after a dam means a temporary ramp can be installed.

The replacement of the river access ramp is part of the second phase of Richmond Council's improvement works on the footbridges and infrastructure surrounding the lock, with phase one mostly completed.

A dam is currently in place to allow access to the ramp, which is usually mostly underwater.

The council say they are building "a temporary access ramp before we start removing the old structure," which will allow river access while works are carried out.

The new, permanent ramp and the removal of the temporary ramp is expected to be completed by mid-October.

However, with the original start date of 18 March being pushed back to 8 April, the pressure is on for construction teams to keep the project from falling further behind.

Richmond Council is still yet to announce when Teddington Lock's footbridges will be closed to allow teams "detach and reattach the old, temporary and new ramps".

Taking place over two weekends – Friday evening until Monday morning – the closures will prevent all access to the bridges.

Confirmation of the closure dates are expected later this week.

Despite the fenced-off construction area, local businesses like Flying Cloud Cafe and The Anglers pub remain open for business.

     

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