Putney Bridge Closed For Three Months
Monday 14th July 2014
South West London is facing traffic chaos as Putney Bridge is closed for three months for repairs.
The bridge connecting Putney and Fulham is not expected to reopen before October.
Buses will operate from both ends, so passengers will have to cross the road by foot and pick up a new bus on the other side. Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to use the bridge.
Drivers have been advised to change their route to avoid disruption.
On the first morning, Wandsworth Bridge and the one-way system around Wandsworth have seen significantly heavier traffic, while Hammersmith Bridge is also busier than usual.
Wandsworth Council said the £1.5m repair programme had been backed by a "majority of residents and businesses" following a public consultation.
Council leader Ravi Govindia said: "These works are absolutely vital to protect the internal fabric of the bridge and ensure it lasts another 100 years.
"Our primary concern is to get this important job done efficiently and quickly so that there is the least amount of disruption to residents, businesses and the wider travelling public."
The repairs have been timed to take place during the school holiday when traffic levels are at their lightest.
The bridge was the scene of some real drama last week, when a bus was left partially hanging over the bridge after crashing into the wall.