Minimising disruption during essential London Bridge closures

An essential maintenance and waterproofing programme will see London Bridge closed to all traffic except buses, licensed taxis and people walking and cycling for seven months, from 16 March to October.

The vital work will replace the original protective waterproofing layer below the roading surfacing, along with 24 bearings, and will ensure the bridge will remain operational for years to come.

Other necessary repairs to the concrete deck will be carried out at the same time, to minimise the need for disruption in the future.

The programme will be carried out in two stages.

Stage One: Works to the western side, will run from March - May.

Stage Two: Works to the eastern side, will run from May – October.

During this time, traffic on London Bridge will be restricted to only allow buses, cycles, pedestrians and taxis, with other road users diverted to nearby bridges.

Walking routes over London Bridge will be much busier than usual, with footways restricted to the east footpath during stage one, and to a combination of the west footpath and part of the east carriageway during stage two.

Roads on the approaches to London Bridge north and south of the river will be busier than usual, especially when traveling during the peak times of 07:00 - 09:00 and 16:00 - 19:00 on weekdays.

People cycling will be able use London Bridge as usual throughout the works, however there will only be one lane open in each direction, shared with buses and licensed taxis. They may find they have a better journey by using a different route such as Southwark Bridge or travelling outside of the busiest times.

People travelling in the area are advised to plan their journey in advance and to consider travelling at off-peak times or taking alternative routes.

Full travel advice is available at www.tfl.gov.uk/london-bridge-works


Notes to editors

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

About the London Bridge waterproofing programme

  • London Bridge is owned and maintained by the Bridge House Estates. The City of London Corporation is the trustee of the Bridge House Estates and manages maintenance of London Bridge, as well as four other Thames Crossings owned by Bridge House Estates. Transport for London (TfL) manage the road over the bridge, the A3, as part of the TLRN (Transport for London Road Network). TfL are working with the City of London to manage the impact of these works to on the network.
  • FM Conway have been appointed to carry out the works.
  • See the project page at www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/londonbridgewaterproofing
  • Travel advice can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/london-bridge-works