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Albert Bridge across the Thames closes for 18 months

Albert Bridge
Kensington and Chelsea council said the bridge was showing signs of age

Motorists face 18 months of disruption following the closure of a major route across the River Thames.

The Grade II-listed Albert Bridge, which connects Battersea with Chelsea, shut on Monday to allow refurbishment work to take place.

Traffic will be diverted across Chelsea Bridge and Battersea Bridge while the structure is renovated.

Kensington and Chelsea council said the work would strengthen the bridge to enable it to cope with modern demands.

'Signs of age'

Over the next 18 months the road surface will be re-laid, the structure will be repainted and new traffic lights will be installed.

Kensington and Chelsea councillor Nicholas Paget-Brown said: "The bridge was built in the 1850s and is showing the signs of age.

"I appreciate that there will be disruption while the work is carried out, but by returning Albert Bridge to its former glory residents and visitors to the area will be able to rest assured that they will have a bridge fit for the future.

"We have been working with TfL [Transport for London] and Wandsworth Council for some time to organise this project."

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