REPAIRS TO London's battered Battersea Bridge could start before Christmas if proposals are accepted by the end of this week, Transport for London (TfL) said on Monday.
Plans to fi arch rings damaged in a barge bash on 20 September would involve plating over areas of missing fl nge and stitching the major cracks back together.
Actual repairs are only expected to take one or two days, during which the bridge will be shut to traffic.
But preparatory works, mainly involving the installation of access scaffolding suspended from the bridge, would take at least three weeks.
During this time the crossing would remain open to buses, cyclists and pedestrians as at present.
Repairing the two cast iron arch ring sections which were badly damaged by the barge impact on 20 September would enable the vital Thames crossing to re-open much earlier than if the damaged sections were replaced.
TfL project manager Phiroz Dalal said the repair proposals were being considered by all interested parties, including structural engineer Capita Symonds and the Boroughs of Wandsworth and Kensington & Chelsea.