Updated: Friday 7 March 09:30am
What is happening now?
Whilst flood water levels have reduced in the Kenley & Purley areas, due to the saturated water table there is still a heightened risk of ground water flooding. If you have been provided with sandbags please continue to store on your property. We will issue advice regarding disposal of sandbags when the risk of flooding has further reduced.
Why is the A22 Godstone Road still closed?
The Godstone Road (A22) is closed to allow the pumping of the Bourne river via pipes running along the road. The pipes have created a bypass / relief system to allow water to flow through the valley to protect the treatment works and reduce the flooding currently experienced in Dale Road.
Because these pipes reduce the width of the road they are a health and safety issue for motorists. Where the pipes run across the road, temporary ramps have been formed however these ramps can only accommodate light traffic flow. If the pipes are damaged this could compromise the work that is being done to protect the Kenley water treatment works and hundreds of properties in the area from flooding.
We are sorry for any inconvenience the continued road closure is causing you. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we try and protect hundreds of properties from flooding.
When will the A22 Godstone Road reopen?
The council and its partners are working on a revised pumping solution which will see a reduction in the number of pipes running on top of the road. It is envisaged that a phased reopening of the A22 will be needed as there are a number of trenches which will need to be dug to lower the pipes into. It is expected that the full reopening of the road will be mid-March.
Road opening: A centre section of the A22 Godstone Road is now open from St James to Hayes Lane for businesses and residents. The A22 Godstone Road is also now open from Purley Road, up to and including Foxley Hill Road. (this section is not suitable for heavy goods vehicles and a diversion is in place for those vehicles)
You can view a google map of these sections at http://goo.gl/maps/3tqzO
We are working with our partners to get the road opened as soon as possible. Please keep an eye on our website for updates.
Who is responsible for the road?
Transport for London (TfL) are the Highway Authority for the A22 until it goes into Tandridge where Surrey County Council become the Highway Authority. Croydon Council, TFL and Surrey County Council are working collectively to manage the flow of water through the catchment area
Cross agency works: Flood relief works are taking place in Tandridge and Croydon - important information from the Environment Agency, Tandridge District Council, Surrey County Council and Croydon Council. Download the document at the bottom of the page.
Waste and recycling centres
The Purley Oaks Household Reuse & Recycling Centre remains closed while the pumping of water from the balancing pond at Purley Oaks Depot continues.
Alternate Household Reuse & Recycling Centres at Factory Lane and Fishers Farm are available during normal opening hours for residents to take their unwanted household items and recycling materials.
Flood advice centre
The flood advice centre is now closed.
A range of useful flooding related information can also be found at Tesco’s (Purley) Co-op (Kenley) and Purley Library.
The flood advice centre was set up by the council and its partners to help those affected by or worried about flooding.
The centre was based at the Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) hub - 9/11 Whytecliffe Road, Purley and wasIt was open from Friday 21 February to Wednesday 5 March.
You can also download some useful information at the bottom of this page
Important safety message
- Please do not lift manhole covers to get rid of water. This can cause problems further down the system and put more pressure on the different agencies working to prevent wider flooding. If your property is being flooded you should call 020 8726 6000 (option 1).
- Please do not clear trash screens along the route of the Caterham Bourne. This is highly dangerous and should only ever be carried out by trained professionals. If you think a trash screen needs clearing please call 020 8726 6000 (option 1).
Who to call if you are experiencing problems with water or sewage as a result of flooding
- Environment Agency Floodline - 0345 988 1188
- Croydon Council is responsible for highways management such as blocked gullies - 020 8726 6000 option 1
- Thames Water is responsible for sewage - 0845 9200 800
- Sutton and East Surrey Water is responsible for the provision of fresh drinking water - 24hr Emergency Line - 01737 772000.
Businesses open as normal
Signs have been placed at the end of St James Road and Hayes Lane showing that businesses in Kenley along Station Approach and Godstone Road are open as normal.
Avoid Kenley and Whyteleafe due to localised flooding as parts of Godstone Road and surrounding streets are now closed - view map of road closures. The roads highlighted are likely to be closed to non residents. Residents with proof of address may have restricted access depending on works carried out by the emergency and utility services.
Resident and Business access routes
Access for residents of Bourne Park Close, Bourne View, Gomshall Gardens, Garston Lane, Devon Close, Old Barn Lane, Hayes Lane. Purley Vale, Hillside Avenue, Foxley Gardens, Elm Road, Cross Road, Stevens Place, Roke Lodge Road, Lower Road, Roke Close, Little Roke Road and Little Roke Avenue via Sunnydene Road can be made through St James Road onto Godstone Road. View our map of the recommended access routes for residents from purley/north and from Whyteleafe/south.
Proof of address will be required to access Godstone Road. Access may be reduced with no notice if required by the utility and emergency services.
For displaced traffic to Foxley Hill Road the diversion is via Brighton Road / Old Lodge Lane / Bencombe Road / Higher Drive / Foxley Hill Road.
For displaced traffic for the A22 into Whyteleafe the diversions are:
- For high sided vehicles (over 15'3") north up Brighton Road /South End / Coombe Road /Coombe Lane / Gravel Hill/ Selsdon Park Road/ Addington Road /Limpsfield Road (B269) into Warlingham, where it will then follow the Westhall Road (B270) onto Hillbury Road, finishing at the Whyteleafe roundabout / A22 - view map for high sided vehicles
- For all other vehicles (under 15'3") north up Brighton Road/right into Brighton Road by civic amenity site / Riddlesdown Road / Purley Downs Road / Sanderstead Hill / Limpsfield Road (B269) into Warlingham, where it will then follow the Westhall Road (B270) onto Hillbury Road / A22 - view map for all other vehicles
To assist people affected by disruption to buses, Southern Rail and TfL have arranged for bus tickets/oyster to be accepted on trains between Purley and Caterham until at least Friday 28 February.
Routes 407, 412 and 434 will be on diversion.
Routes 60, 127, 166, 289, 405, 455, 466 and N68 may experience delays in Godstone Road between Purley Cross and Whyteleafe Hill.
Please check the TFL website for up to date information.
View map where parking enforcement is currently suspended due to the floods. The pavement parking ban along Valley Road, Oaks Road, Northwood Avenue, Beverley Road and St. James's Road on the other side of Godstone Road has also been suspended. Residents are asked to park their cars with two wheels on the pavement to improve access for residents traffic.
The Godstone Road itself is the responsibility of Transport for London, they have also currently suspended parking enforcement along the affected part of the road.
Tesco at Purley Cross are helping local residents in Kenley by offering free parking to people affected by the floods. The police are issuing permits.