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Teddington Lock footbridges improvement works

The essential maintenance works to repair the suspension footbridge main structure and lockcut iron truss footbridge will ensure this vital crossing can continue to be used safely for many years to come. 

Why the works are happening now

A principal inspection of both structures was undertaken in 2019. The inspection assessed the condition of the structures and categorised any required interventions. Those classified as ‘safety critical’ or ‘urgent’ have been taken forward and included within the scope of the project.

Phase one of the works began in summer 2023 and involved removing the areas of corrosion, repairing and replacing any steel work across both structures along with the application of a new protective paint system. We have also undertaken repair works to the timber structures on the island between the bridges and on the Ham approach.

Following the removal of the corrosion, we are also carrying out detailed visual inspections of the bearings on lockcut iron truss footbridge. These critical pieces of infrastructure are central to the safe operation of the bridge by allowing them to flex and absorb movement during hot and icy spells of weather. Without this ability to expand and contract due to weather conditions the bridge structure would sustain damage rendering it unsafe.

Phase two works

Phase two of the maintenance works at Teddington Lock are underway.

These works involve replacing the Ferry Road approach ramp. This is a complex phase which includes installing a dam around the ramp which will let us cast the foundations for the new ramp structure and provide footings for the temporary ramp which is being installed to maintain access to the bridge during the works.   

Weekend closure

To attach the temporary access ramp, we will need to close the bridges over one weekend. This will take place from 8pm on Friday 14 June until 6am on Monday 17 June 2024.  

We will be working 24/7 to ensure all the necessary works are completed so we can reopen the bridges on Monday 17 June.

Over the weekend there will be lots of activity and some noisy works during the day and night. This is the only option to keep the closure to the weekend, avoiding disruption to commuters and schools during the week.

If you have any concerns, we will be holding drop-in sessions on Wednesday 5 June and Tuesday 11 June from 8am to 5pm so you can come down and speak to the project team.

Local businesses

The following businesses will remain open as usual: 

  • The Flying Cloud
  • The Anglers
  • Tide End Cottage
  • The Boat Shop

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Updated: 24 May 2024

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