They're working on it AGAIN. Like all London bridges any renovation and painting never seems to last more than a couple of years.
Would it not be a good idea to build an exact replica of all the bridges and instead of the hoarding eyesore, footpath closures and general inconvenience you could overnight lift out a section, slot in a renovated section overnight and work on the removed section off site somwhere.
I can't believe what they are doing to Southwark Bridge, I have lived by the Bridge since 2007 and walk into the City to work, I can honestly say that there has been one week of no roadworks since Sept 07. Now I am horrified that they have dug up the Cycle Barriers, I only hope they will be putting rumble strips back in place of the concrete barriers. I appreciate that some of you feel safer with the concrete barriers, but with the amount of work going on would that not be better for the time being! Roll on 2012, we may be roadwork free! Here's hoping.
I wanted to start a thread on this ages ago,mostly because the quality of the paint job is poor.Last year the west side was sandblasted when the shuttering came down I could see no evidence of it.I could see that orange expanding foam was used to fill in some of the serious cracks and was already damaged.
I assumed the cycle barriers were there to stop vechicle parking there while tonnes of sand was used for the blasting work.I can't see the point of 2-3 summers of sand blasting.I notice on the northside a plaque stating the bridge is a Trust run by the City of London Corporation.Traffic flow on that bridge has always been poor but its now at an extreme level.I'm also trying to figure out when it was painted last.
Cheers. That site explains why Spans 2/3 southbound are still encrusted with rust - they haven't been worked on yet. I wonder if the image on the site has been digitally enhanced as the southbound side Span 5 image bears no resemblance to what you see when cycling across.
I still think removing and replacing each parapet in turn with a temporary modern replica and working on the original elsewhere would be cost effective and less of an eyesore.