Kier is carrying out the early repair works on the Hammersmith Bridge, Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed.
The contractor started last week as part of attempts to reopen the bridge which has been closed since April after Hammersmith and Fulham Council found “critical faults” during a safety check.
TfL announced it is working with the council to try to identify how to fund the possible £120m repair job in its entirely.
The operator carried out a structural review of problems with the bridge and said complete repairs are expected to take three years.
The main contract for the repair work has not yet been awarded.
Last week Hammersmith and Fulham Council leader Stephen Cowan said: “Hammersmith Bridge is not only a beautiful example of innovative 19th century British engineering, it’s also a vital 21st-century river-crossing. It can be made fit for purpose for generations to come.
“That’s what we’re doing and we’re focussed on getting the bridge reopened to cars and buses as quickly as possible.”
Kier retained its position as the UK’s second biggest contractor on the CN100 announced last week, with turnover of £4.3bn in the financial year ending 30 June 2018.
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