I have been wondering for ages why the hoardings are still up on the upstream side of the bridge... it appeared that the piling work was finished ages ago.
On a similar subject can anyone explain why the council have decided to build an obstruction (extended the pavement) into the bus lane at the SE1 side of Westminster Bridge outside the County hall Lettings Office. This means that when the very high number of buses pull away from the stop they have to pull into the main traffic before then pulling back into the bus lane.
I thought TFL were all for improving the flow of buses but this definitely has the opposite effect and has created an almost permanent traffic jam back across the bridge.
I walk past here about two or three times a day and I am at a complete loss to understand the purpose this newly built obstruction ... there are two traffic light controlled pedestrian crossings in the immediate area so it cant be to help pedestrians to cross.
That bit that sticks out is rather strange. But it looks like the whole junction around the derelict building is being remodelled, so you'll be able to drive all the way around it. The sign on the not yet active traffic lights there suggests traffic coming off of the bridge will turn left.
I can't see any benefit at all to being able to drive all round that derelict building. The junction is odd to look at, but worked fine from all directions IMHO.
[frustrated because the road works there slow me down every evening coming home. even on my scooter. now they've made the road even narrower at the Sth end of the bridge, which means that the bendy buses - which used to content themselves with only 2 of the 3 lanes formerly available, now slew themselves right across the 2 lanes that remain, generally whilst indicating the opposite way to which they intend to turn, just to keep things interesting]
(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.