November 18, 2011 23:09
| Local News
After almost two years of refurbishment and, to say the least, commuting headaches, the iconic Albert Bridge - which first opened in 1873 - is scheduled to fully reopen on Friday 2 December.
With the financial backing of Transport for London (TfL) and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC
) Council, the Grade II listed bridge has been improved and strengthened. New traffic lights have been installed, the road has been re-laid and the bridge given a new coat of paint.
Since its closure, traffic has been diverted to neighbouring Chelsea Bridge and Battersea Bridge.
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transport, Councillor Nick Paget-Brown, said: "I think we can be proud of the level of workmanship in the restoration of Albert Bridge. It proved even more challenging than we originally thought as once the work began we discovered much worse corrosion to the iron and steel in the bridge.
"The amount of work on the bridge has been truly monumental with over 10,000 bolts, 40,000 litres of paint and 1,000 tonnes of grit used during the restoration.
"I hope that residents and all other bridge-users will now be able to appreciate the need for the work we carried out on this unique London bridge, for surely, when lit up the Albert Bridge is one of the most beautiful night time sights in London."