Residents may not be able to use the Bishopsford Bridge until Christmas, an MP has warned.

On June 14, the bridge near the junction of Riverside Drive in Mitcham partially collapsed, causing damage to a gas pipe and water main.

Since then cars have been unable to travel down the road, with pedestrians only able to walk through a narrow, fenced off walkway.

A Merton Council spokeswoman has said that progress is being made.

“Since the partial collapse of the bridge, Merton Council has worked closely with its partners, FM Conway Ltd and the Environment Agency to monitor any bridge movement and stabilise the structure," she said.

"These stabilisation works will finish on Monday, July 8, subject to weather conditions, and work will then commence on a full structural inspection followed by an assessment to determine the extent of repair work needed.”

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But according to Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh, the effects may run a lot deeper than first thought.

"Bishopsford Road will now be closed until at least Christmas and I think that’s ambitious," she told the Wimbledon Times.

"So I think all the busses are re-routed down Morden Road, so it means people who live on Bishopsford Road or off Wandle Road away from St Helier Avenue don’t have access to a bus service."

She added that there will be a public meeting next Wednesday (July 3) to discuss what can be done.

"There are a large number of elderly and disabled residents so even before the collapse of the bridge we were meeting TfL about provisional bus services for people who live in and around Wandle Road area and they said the work will be done soon.

"But now of course it will be a very long time."

The meeting is at 7.30pm at the Hub in Tooting & Mitcham FC.