Tuesday 3 January 2006 5.45pm
(i) I did wonder whether it was all a conspiracy theory, and the retention of the hoardings was all part of the security cordon around the Palace of Westminster. They appear to be heightening the railings on Parliament Square as well.
However, some quick Googling picked this up from the PLA website:
NOTICE TO MARINERS M35 of 2005
Lambeth Reach. Westminster Bridge - Fascia Replacement
On or about 14 November 2005, for a period of about 18 months, the fascias of Westminster Bridge will be replaced on the up and down stream sides.
The work will be conducted from construction barges anchored close to the bridge. ... A temporary pier will be constructed on the south embankment approx ... 7 Arch will be closed throughout the work. The other arches will be closed in turn as the work progresses.
Persons in charge of vessels are to navigate with extra caution and are to ease down when passing the works.
It seems that although the strengthening work to the bridge deck has all been completed, while they were taking it apart the contractors found that the fascias to the bridge needed replacing.
(ii) I thought the latest remodelling of the junction would close Addington Street
to through traffic? However, I'm none too sure just what is happening.
Section 106 money
[planning obligation]as agreed for the previous scheme. This includes £798,490 towards improving public transport facilities, £1,399,950 towards upgrading Westminster Bridge Road viaduct and improvements to Lambeth Palace Road, Westminster Bridge Road and York Road and £311,100 for the upgrading of Leake Street viaducts (if not undertaken as part of Addington Street development).
Edited 3 times. Last edit at 3 January 2006 6.09pm by Lang Rabbie.