Wandsworth Bridge: Disruption expected for 2 months as it undergoes vital repairs

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Wandsworth Bridge: Disruption expected for 2 months as it undergoes vital repairs

Postby Community Editor » Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:36 am

A £6 million scheme to refurbish Wandsworth Bridge starts next week, after delays caused by the coronavirus lockdown.

From July 20 engineers will be working on the road surface and parts of the bridge accessed by the public.

This will result in single lane traffic across the bridge, for around two months.

There are also likely to be overnight lane closures northbound to allow the works to progress.

At these times diversions will be signposted to Putney Bridge. Pedestrian access should not be affected by the works.

The remaining 10 months of the refurbishment scheme will involve works to the underside of the bridge, which should cause less disruption.

Overall, the refurbishment scheme will include structural repairs, carriageway resurfacing, waterproofing and corrosion protection.

The bridge will also be repainted, in its same shade of light blue, to improve its appearance and protect its steel structure.

The addition of LED floodlights underneath the bridge's arches will also allow it to be lit up at night, to make the bridge more of a landmark feature on the river, similar to Putney Bridge.

Wandsworth Council transport spokesman councillor Paul Ellis said: “This is a major refurbishment scheme to ensure this important Thames bridge remains in full working order and open to the travelling public for many years to come.

“We take our responsibilities for maintaining our parts of London’s vital transport infrastructure very seriously indeed which is why we have been planning the refurbishment for some time and why we set aside the funds to pay for it in 2018. Our efforts should ensure the bridge remains in excellent condition long into the future.”

The first river crossing at Wandsworth was built in 1873 but demolished in 1937, reopening in its current guise in 1940.

According to some reports it was painted in light shades of blue as camouflage against Luftwaffe air raids.

This significantly increased after the sudden closure of Hammersmith Bridge in April 2019 after long-standing corrosion was discovered in critical parts of the suspension structure.

The leader of Wandsworth Council, Ravi Govindia, has repeatedly criticised neighbouring Hammersmith and Fulham Council for their handling of Hammersmith Bridge and pointed to Wandsworth's upkeep of Putney and Wandsworth bridges as examples of “ensuring critical parts of London’s road infrastructure lasts for generations to come”.

Wandsworth Council is funding the project from the strategic community infrastructure levy (SCIL) which is money levied on property developers in the borough to help pay for important infrastructure projects.

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