Van stuck on Hogarth flyover

Image above: Van stuck on Hogarth flyover; photograph ©️ James Rodgers

Police close flyover while van is removed by transporter

Hogarth flyover was closed by police early on Thursday evening (4 April). Traffic backed up along the A316 while a vehicle was removed on a car transporter.

It is unclear why the van got stuck, but at least once a year this happens, causing tailbacks and traffic jams at the crucial intersection of the M3 and M4.

Image above: Transporter removing van from Hogarth flyover, Thursday 4 April 2024; photograph ©️ James Rodgers

The website roads.org describes the Hogarth flyover as ‘a metaphor for the whole of British transport planning in the late 20th century.

‘It was constructed in the early 1970s as a temporary solution to the traffic problems at the Hogarth Roundabout, which was due to be rebuilt in the near future as part of the Ringway plans. It was quickly put together with a cheap steel frame and was designed to last no more than a few years.’

‘It is one of those awful places where traffic is pushed into smaller and smaller spaces on the way into London.’

And here we are 50 years later.

Image above: Transporter removing van from Hogarth flyover, Thursday 4 April 2024; photograph ©️ James Rodgers

Transport for London refurbished and strengthened the flyover in 2014. The existing deck was demolished and replaced by new pre-cast concrete units.

‘This secured the flyover’s ability to safely carry traffic for a further decade while plans to remodel the Hogarth junction were being developed’ say TfL.

It is regularly inspected, they say, to ensure its continued ability to safely carry traffic.

Image above: Police car blocks entrance to Hogarth flyover while transporter removes vehicle; photograph ©️ James Rodgers

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