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Visitors witness rare restoration work at famous landmark

Published: Wednesday 5th of November 2008

Visitors to London's Tower Bridge can witness a rare thing as a major restoration project is taking place to renew the much-loved attraction.

Such works are only carried out approximately every 25 years and those touring the bridge can see the detailed and expert work being carried out on the famous structure.

Work includes grinding away the old layers of paint before applying new ones to the Southern Approach.

The work is being conducted with strict environmental controls in place, with special wrappings ensuring that no particles of potentially harmful paint escape into the atmosphere or the Thames.

Later in the project the stonework will also be clearned to restore it to its former glory and the rest of the paintwork will also be updated.

The scale of the project is truly impressive, with over 22,000 litres of paint to be applied to many metres of steel metalwork.

Tower Bridge has straddled the River Thames since 1894 and is one of the most recognisable elements of London's famous skyline.

LondonPass holders can enjoy the Tower Bridge Exhibition for free, saving £6 for adults ad £3 for children.

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