Despite an urgent appeal by a local business group to postpone, a section of a main west London road will be closed for nearly a week.
Starting Monday, Hyde Park Road between Gainsborough and Sarnia roads will be closed to allow crews to connect sewer and water services. The work is part of a new housing development project near South Carriage Road.
Signage has been erected to direct drivers from Hyde Park Road to Gainsborough Road, Wonderland Road North, and Sarnia Road. London Transit will be detouring Route 19 via Sarnia, Aldersbrook and Gainsborough Roads and the southbound bike line will be closed while the work is completed.
Pedestrians will still be able to move through the area without issue, according to the City of London.
The road is scheduled to reopen around 5 p.m. on Friday.
Last week, the Hyde Park Business Improvement Area had called on the city to put the work on hold until after the holidays.
"With just three weeks remaining until Christmas, the unanticipated closure threatens severe repercussions for the local business community, gravely impacting the already-struggling small businesses during a crucial time of the year," the business group said in a statement. "Local businesses are still recovering from the lasting impacts of extended COVID closures. The timing couldn't be more challenging, particularly as many were counting on the holiday season’s influx of sales. This closure will deal a severe blow to the small business community, and the lack of advance notice is completely unacceptable.
The Hyde Park Business Improvement Area also stated that affected businesses received no warning or direct communication about the closure ahead of time. This has left those businesses "scrambling" to mitigate the expected loss of revenue. The group had urged the city to reschedule the closure until the new year.
While the city is moving forward with the closure, it did issue a note to Londoners that throughout the work access to all businesses along Hyde Park Road will be maintained.