Wandsworth Bridge to undergo multi-million pound refurbishment in the Spring
Published: Friday, November 1, 2019
Major refurbishment work to Wandsworth Bridge will be carried out in the New Year, the council has confirmed
The works are expected to begin in February and last for around ten months as part of a project costing around £6m.
But to ensure traffic is kept moving, at least two of the bridge’s four lanes will remain open at all times, allowing vehicles, buses and bikes to cross the river in both directions. The bridge will also remain open at all times to pedestrians.
The works will include a series of detailed structural repairs, carriageway resurfacing, waterproofing and corrosion protection. The bridge will also be repainted to significantly improve its appearance and protect its steel structure.
Eco-friendly low energy LED floodlights will be installed underneath its arches so they can be lit at night – making it more of a landmark feature on the Thames, in a scheme similar to the one recently carried out upstream at Putney Bridge.
And its existing street lamps will be replaced with Victoriana-style architectural lights, further enhancing the appearance of this strategic river crossing.
Transport spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said: “This will be 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 bits 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 June 2018.
“This will be a £6m project, lasting around ten months, that will focus on structural repairs, resurfacing, uplighting and corrosion protection, plus repainting of the steel structure. It will ensure the bridge is in excellent condition long into the future.”
Around 40,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day. This number has increased since Hammersmith Bridge was suddenly closed without warning in April.
Funding for the project is coming from the strategic community infrastructure levy (SCIL) which is money levied on property developers in the borough to help pay for important infrastructure projects. The allocation of £6m was approved by councillors on the Finance and Corporate Resources overview and scrutiny committee in June last year.