More Info on Tower Bridge Closure

tower-bridgeHere are the latest details on the forthcoming closure of Tower Bridge.Tower Bridge closing 1 October to 30 December 2016

‘Tower Bridge will be closed to all vehicles from 1 October to 30 December 2016 so we can undertake major essential maintenance works to the structure and driving surface.

Tower Bridge is 122 years old and needs to undergo these works to ensure the iconic landmark continues to serve as a vital London river crossing. The decking was last refurbished in the 1970s.

The programme of work will include:

·         undertaking major maintenance to the bridge lifting mechanisms

·         replacing the timber decking and resurfacing the road and walkways

·         replacing expansion joints along the bridge to provide a smooth running surface

·         waterproofing the brick arches that form the approach to the bridge

BAM Nuttall is the civil engineering contractor working on behalf of the City of London Corporation on the project.

Travel advice during the works

Below is a summary of how journeys may be affected while the works take place. For detailed travel advice, please visit


The bridge will be closed to all vehicles during the works. Signed diversion routes will be in place, which will take will take northbound drivers over London Bridge and southbound drivers over Southwark Bridge. Drivers following the signed diversion and in the direction of travel shown on roadside signs will not be liable for the Congestion Charge.

Alternative river crossings both within and outside the Congestion Charge zone will be available as normal during the works.

If using an alternative route within the Congestion Charge zone on Monday to Friday between 07:00 and 18:00, drivers will need to pay the Congestion Charge. Please visit to pay the charge or find out more.

Drivers are being urged to check before they travel at and follow @TfLTrafficNews on Twitter.


Routes RV1 and 78 will be diverted during the closure while route 42 will start and finish on Tower Bridge Road/Druid Street, and won’t serve stops north of the river. Journeys on other services throughout the area may take longer than normal. Find out how buses may be affected at or follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter for the latest updates.


Pedestrians will be able to cross Tower Bridge for all but three weekends; 26-27 November, 3-4 December and 10-11 December. Signed diversions will be in place. During the three weekends where pedestrians are not able to cross the bridge a free ferry service will be in operation.


There will be a signed alternative route available for cyclists. Alternatively cyclists will be able to dismount and walk their bicycles across the bridge.

Tower Bridge Exhibition

Tower Bridge Exhibition will remain open as normal during the works. There may be temporary changes in access to the Exhibition via the ticket office and if this is the case, there will be clear signage in place to direct people.

Drop-in sessions

We will be holding three drop-in sessions to provide more information on the closure on:




Wednesday 7 September

12pm – 6pm

Devon House foyer

58 – 60 St Katharine’s Way


Thursday 8 September

3pm – 8pm

Magdalen Hall

Purbrook Street


Monday 12 September

9am – 4pm

The City Centre

80 Basinghall Street


You are welcome to come at any time to speak to a member of the project team about the closure.

Working hours

The works will be taking place 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Where possible, more disruptive activities will be undertaken during daytime hours.’


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