TfL always seeks to notify and consult the relevant local authority, stakeholders and residents ahead of carrying out any significant or disruptive maintenance works. There are occasions where emergency works need to take place for safety critical reasons which could mean that the local authority and others are informed at short notice or retrospectively.
I understand, on the occasion in question, TfL needed to carry out an urgent structural inspection on the steelwork of the Gallows Corner flyover. The inspection took place during the half term break when we often see a reduction in traffic levels so the impact was expected to be minimal. That, and the urgent nature of the works, meant TfL didn’t feel advanced communications with local stakeholders were required on this occasion.
However, the impact of COVID-19 has seen traffic patterns become less predictable. Traffic levels in half-term did decrease in the morning peaks but they stayed the same at other times including the evening peak. This led to greater disruption than expected at those busier times. As soon as they noticed the disruption, TfL were in contact with the London Borough of Havering.
I appreciate this will have been of little help for your residents who were impacted by this closure. I have been assured that TfL will give advance notice to key stakeholders, including you, of any further scheduled works to the Gallows Corner flyover. TfL will also continue working closely with Havering Council and the DfT on plans to transform Gallows Corner. As you know, our ability to commit investment is constrained by lack of certainty beyond the end of the current Government funding agreement.