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Tower Bridge to close for three months

Tower Bridge will be closed to vehicles from October for three months to allow for structural repairs and maintenance work. Around 21,000 vehicles use the 122 year old landmark every day.

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Pedestrians will still be able to use the famous Thames crossing on all but three weekends of the work, when a free ferry will operate instead. The viewing gallery along the walkways of the bridge will also remain open.

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Nearby Tooley Street is already closed eastbound until 2018 to allow Network Rail's rebuilding of London Bridge station, and the AA president Edmund King claims drivers who have been frustrated by congestion from new cycle lanes will suffer more misery.

The City of London Corporation says the decision to close the bridge to vehicles in the Autumn hasn't been an easy one.

This decision to close Tower Bridge to vehicles has not been taken lightly, and this course of action has been taken after extensive consultation and planning in conjunction with numerous stakeholders. We will use this time to repair, refurbish and upgrade London's most iconic bridge, which has gone without significant engineering works for more than 35 years. We will work hard to minimise disruption.

– Chris Hayward, City of London Corporation