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Shad Thames footbridge closed to pedestrians for two months

A Bermondsey footbridge by the Thames is closed for repairs for nearly two months this autumn, meaning pedestrians have to go on a long diversion inland.

St Saviour’s Footbridge in Shad Thames closed on September 13 and is expected to remain shut until November 5. Work on the bridge first started in 2018, led by Southwark Council and builders Conway Aecom. The latest stage of the project began this month.

The plan is for the bridge, which crosses the dock of the same name, to open up to let large boats into the inlet, as was originally intended.

A note published by the Port of London authority in August said: “Due to further delays to the project, contractors working on behalf of Southwark Council will continue with maintenance works on St Saviours Footbridge.”

The council said on its website: “Since opening in 1995, the bridge has been subject to various mechanical, structural and operational problems and has been fixed in the closed position in recent years…

“In order to undertake the works, the bridge requires closure to pedestrians for dismantling and other required works. It will be necessary for pedestrians to follow a marked diversion via Shad Thames and Mill Street.”

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