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St Saviours Dock footbridge, built in 1995, is a stainless steel cable stayed footbridge located in the London Borough of Southwark (LBS). The bridge was built under the authority of the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) and given to LBS in 1996. The bridge was originally conceived as a manually operated swing bridge but a hydraulic system was subsequently installed. Since opening, the bridge has been subject to various mechanical, structural and operational issues. The bridge was fixed in the closed position in recent years preventing the passage of large boats into St Saviour’s Dock.
LBS in partnership with ConwayAecom is carrying out a project to refurbish the bridge, the opening mechanism and the timber jetty approaches. This will allow the bridge to be used for future years and permit full opening operations to allow passage for larger boats as originally conceived. In order to undertake the works the bridge requires closure to pedestrians for dismantling and other required works. It will be necessary for pedestrians to follow a marked diversion via Shad Thames and Mill Street.
The refurbishment works commenced in mid-November 2018 and are now at near completion. The bridge is currently open to the public and the minor works that are outstanding, replacement of the motor, is envisaged to be completed by September 2021. Once the necessary check to the ‘swing opening mechanism‘ has been completed in October 2021, the bridge will allow access to the St Saviours Dock.