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London's Albert Bridge to reopen next week following delays

The Albert Bridge, spanning the Thames between Chelsea and Battersea in London, is set to reopen on 2 December, following almost two years of extensive restoration and bridge strengthening.

Client the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has announced that Friday will see the reopening of the bridge, which has been closed since February 2010.

Consultant Hyder and contractor Interserve have restored the 138-year-old structure, but the work took longer than expected after engineers discovered that corrosion on the iron and steel bridge was worse than feared.

Kensington and Chelsea Borough councillor Nick Paget-Brown said the amount of work on the bridge has been “truly monumental” with engineers using over 10,000 bolts, 40,000l of paint and 1,000t of grit to restore the 233m long structure.

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