London Bridge users urged to plan journeys from next week

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From 16 March, an essential maintenance and waterproofing programme will see a seven-month closure of London Bridge to all traffic except buses, licensed taxis, cyclists and pedestrians – with all other road users diverted to nearby bridges.

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.

Walking routes over London Bridge are expected to be much busier than usual, with footways restricted throughout the vital works.

Roads on the approaches to London Bridge north and south of the river will also be busier than usual, especially when traveling during the peak times of 7am-9am and 4pm-7pm on weekdays.

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Cyclists will be required to share the road with buses and licensed taxis and may find they have a better journey by travelling outside of the busiest times or by using a different route, such as Southwark Bridge.

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

Any other essential repairs to the concrete deck will be carried out at the same time, to minimise future disruption.

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