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Putney Bridge to close for repairs

Aerial view of Putney Bridge Image copyright Bing.com
Image caption Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to continue to use the Thames crossing

A bridge over the Thames in south-west London is to close to all traffic while it undergoes £1.5m of repairs.

Putney Bridge will close to motor vehicles from 14 July. It is expected to reopen in October.

Wandsworth Council said the plans had been backed by a "majority of residents and businesses" following a public consultation.

Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to use the bridge and buses will operate from both ends

Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia said: "These works are absolutely vital to protect the internal fabric of the bridge and ensure it lasts another 100 years.

"Our primary concern is to get this important job done efficiently and quickly so that there is the least amount of disruption to residents, businesses and the wider travelling public."

The council said it was decided the work would be carried out during the school holidays because traffic levels were at their lightest.

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