Tower Bridge to close for repairs until end of December

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Tower Bridge is to close to road traffic for three months from Saturday to allow extensive maintenance work to take place. The structure in London will shut on 1 October and is scheduled to reopen on 30 December.

The City of London Corporation, which owns the 122-year-old landmark, needs to repair timber decking that was last refurbished in 1970, as well as carrying out maintenance on the lifting mechanism and waterproofing its brick arches.

In a statement on its website, the corporation said: “The bridge carries around 40,000 people, including 21,000 vehicles a day, and has an 18-tonne maximum gross weight limit and no height restrictions.

“This heavy use has had an effect on timber decking of the bridge, which was last refurbished in 1970. To ensure that the bridge continues to serve as a vital river crossing we need to undertake the essential maintenance works.”

The bridge opens for river traffic at 24 hours’ notice around 1,000 times a year, and this practice will be continued. Pedestrians will still be able to cross the bridge on all but three weekends of the work, when a free replacement ferry service will be provided. The viewing gallery along the walkways of the bridge will also remain open.

source: theguardian.com

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