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Urgent repairs to new Hungerford Bridge

Six weeks after the opening of the second walkway, cracks have developed in the paving on the new Hungerford Bridge crossing, linking the South Bank with Charing Cross. Many slabs have come loose, whilst others are cracked or broken.

Carl Powell, Westminster City Council's director of planning and transportation, said: "The bridge remains open and is safe. These are some of the teething problems you have with any big new project. Obviously it's a problem, but we are dealing with it. We are taking it extremely seriously."

The repairs will be paid for by building consortium Costain and Norwest Holst, which won the construction contract for the bridge, which was promoted by the Cross River Partnership and funded by Westminster Council, the Millennium Commission and the Mayor of London.

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