LONDON Bridge will be closed to most vehicles for the next seven months while a £5million upgrade is carried out.
Only buses, taxis, motorcycles and bicycles will be able to use the bridge until October. Pedestrians will still be able to cross but Transport for London said there will be less space than usual and the cycle lane will be closed.
Work will include replacing 24 bearings and the entire surface will be re-waterproofed and replaced.
Drivers have been warned diversions across Tower Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge will be ‘extremely busy’. The nearby Beech Street tunnel is due to become London’s first zero-emission road tomorrow, with a ban on most petrol and diesel engines.
The current steel and concrete box girder bridge opened in 1973. It replaced a Victorian stone arch design sold to US entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch, who thought he was buying Tower Bridge. It was then reassembled in Arizona.