Southwark Bridge, London

Designed by Ernest George and Basil Mott.
Built by Sir William Arrol & Co.
Date Built
Opened 1921
Carries the A300 across the Thames
This 5 span bridge is made up of two spans of 45 metres and 48 metres on each end.  The middle span is 51 metres long.  The metal spans sit on rusticated granite piers.  The bridge was opened by King George V and Queen Mary on June 6th, 1921.

As you can see in the image below, the structure incorporates a flight of old stone steps once used for mooring by Thames boatmen.

In 2009 the bridge underwent an extensive restoration and repainting in its original livery of bright green and yellow. The work involved the use of 1,000 tonnes of abrasive to remove old paint and rust and expose the metal frame.  It was then repainted using 13,000 litres of paint.  The image below shows the work underway.

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