London's Tower Bridge is to be closed to motorists for three months for maintenance
- Created: 08 June 2016
London's Tower Bridge is due to be closed for three months this October while essential maintenance is carried out.
The iconic landmark, which allows some 21,000 vehicles to cross the river Thames everyday, originally opened in 1894 after 8 years of construction. According to a spokesman for Transport for London one of the main objectives will be to redo the waterproofing of the archways at the approach to the bridge - this has not been done since they were originally built at the back-end of the 19th Century.
Leon Daniels, TfL’s managing director of surface transport commented on the repairs saying, "We've been working closely with the City of London to minimise the impact of the vital refurbishment of Tower Bridge and to ensure that Londoners have the travel advice they need."
Chris Hayward, chairman of the planning and transport committee of City of London Corporation also commented on the works due to be performed saying, "This decision to close Tower Bridge to vehicles has not been taken lightly, and this course of action has been taken after extensive consultation and planning in conjunction with numerous stakeholders."
Hayward also added, "We will use this time to repair, refurbish and upgrade London's most iconic bridge, which has gone without significant engineering works for more than 35 years."
It is advisable for motorists to check their route prior to travelling and to allow extra time to get to their destination. The bridge will remain open to pedestrians for all but three weekends while the repairs are preformed.