The time has nearly come when - at least part of - Blackhorse Lane bridge is open to traffic once again.

On Monday, December 9 the first phase of re-opening the bridges will take place with Blackhorse Lane opening to one way traffic from Morland Road and Woodside Green towards Addiscombe/Lower Addiscombe Road.

Transport for London said that to allow pedestrians to safely cross the road it will be introducing temporary traffic lights at the Blackhorse Lane junctions with Elmers Road and Dalmally Road.

Jon Fox, director of rail and sponsored services, said: “We would like to thank local residents for their patience while these major bridge works have been taking place.

"We have listened to concerns about the impact the closure of Blackhorse Lane is having and pleased that we can offer some access earlier than planned.

"The first phase on Monday 9 December will see one-way traffic restored on Blackhorse Lane with the road fully opening in March 2020.

"Once completed the bridges will have wider pavements and Blackhorse Lane will have provision for a new cycle lane creating a safer environment for local residents.”

Elmers Road will be partially re-opened to one-way traffic for vehicles turning left only onto Blackhorse Lane towards Addiscombe/Lower Addiscombe Road.

This has been closed to through-traffic over the summer with access only via Stroud Road.

No right turn will be allowed until Blackhorse Lane fully opens to two-way traffic in March 2020.

Dalmally Road will remain closed at its junction with Blackhorse Lane until March 2020.

Croydon Councillor Stuart King, cabinet lead for environment and transport said: “Residents and businesses have been very patient while these two bridges have been rebuilt and I’m very grateful for that.

"The council has worked hard alongside TfL and I’m delighted these works are now entering their final stage and that we will soon have a safer environment especially for pedestrians and cyclists.”