A five-year project to restore London’s iconic Westminster Bridge was completed this week with the switching on of its lanterns.
In 2003 Transport for London started work to restore the bridge, which was opened to traffic on 24 March 1862, including replacing damaged fascias and protecting the underwater piers from corrosion.
The refurbished lanterns have been treated a chemical called verdigris to produce a greenish-blue pigment matching the original look.
David Brown, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: “London’s bridges are iconic sites in themselves and have played an important role in London’s history and growth.”
“Not only will the lighting refurbishment restore the original look of the bridge but will provide much improved lighting to ensure better pedestrian safety.”