Our local bridge – closed for three months

Tower-Bridge-raised-blogTower Bridge is to close for essential maintenance work from 1 October to 30 December. This will, of course, be a major headache for Wapping residents, but pedestrian access will largely be maintained and I guess we don’t want our favourite river crossing to crumble into the Thames…

Here are all the details so we can all be as prepared as poss:

Closure of Tower Bridge for Essential Maintenance work

The City of London Corporation are planning major essential maintenance works to Tower Bridge at the end of this year. This follows the investigative works that have taken place on the bridge during January and April 2016, to inform the wider essential maintenance programme for Tower Bridge.

Tower Bridge is 122 years old and needs to under-go essential maintenance works to ensure the iconic landmark continues to serve as a vital London river crossing. Every day more than 40,000 people cross over Tower Bridge, including 21,000 vehicles, making it a critical connection in crossing the Thames. This daily heavy use has had an effect on the timber decking of the bridge, which was last refurbished in the 1970s. The bridge is owned, funded and managed from private funds by the historic Bridge House Estates, who will be funding these works.

The main works will start on October 1st 2016 and will finish by 30th December 2016.

The programme of work will include major maintenance and re-decking of the lifting bascules of the bridge, as well as replacing expansion joints on the shore spans and waterproofing the approach viaduct arches, together with resurfacing the road and footpaths.

BAM Nuttall is the Civil Engineering contractor working on behalf of the City of London Corporation on the Tower Bridge refurbishment project and we are committed to keeping all parties advised of progress throughout the works.


In order to undertake the essential maintenance work Tower Bridge will need to be closed to all vehicles and cyclists during this period, from 1st October up to 30th December. Clearly signed diversion routes that have been agreed with Transport for London will be in place. The routes will take drivers travelling north over London Bridge and south over Southwark Bridge. Tower Bridge is currently on the boundary route for the Congestion Charging Zone; vehicles crossing Tower Bridge do not incur the Congestion Charge. During the Tower Bridge closure the Congestion Charge for the diversion routes will not apply. Clear ‘charge free’ signage will be in place to guide motorists through the diversions.

Please ensure you follow the signage and proceed in the correct direction to avoid incurring the Congestion Charge. Deviating from the signed route during charging hours (Mon-Fri 7am-6pm) without paying the daily charge may incur a significant penalty. For more information visit www.tfl.gov.uk/congestioncharge


A crossing for pedestrians will be maintained at all times. Subject to final design and agreement with the local authorities, the bridge will be open to pedestrians for all but three weekends in late November/ early December, during which time a free replacement pedestrian ferry service will be provided.


There will be a signed diversion route available for cyclists.

The 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. Corporate and private events will still take place and guests and caterers will have full access to the venue space.

Working hours

The majority of the works will be undertaken between 07:30 – 18:00 Monday to Friday and 07:30 – 14:00 on Saturdays.

For safety the work sites will be protected by a barrier and hoarding.

For further information

We recognise that there will be some disruption during this time and we are working closely with Transport for London to minimise this as much as possible.

Further information on the project will be posted on the City’s website in the coming months.

Please visit:


For travel advice including detailed diversion information please visit:


Get advance warning of road works and closures by subscribing to Transport for London’s free travel updates emails, visit www.tfl.gov.uk/emailupdates

Please contact BAM Nuttall at towerbridgeproject@bamnuttall.co.uk or 07717 342 930 if you have any questions, concerns or issues regarding these maintenance works.

Thank you in advance for your patience during these essential improvements and we will continue to keep you informed during this process.

Kind Regards,

Colm Griffin BAM Nuttall

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