Bridges, subways and walls

We are responsible for the maintenance of over 70 bridges within Southwark. This includes Willowbrook Bridge, Commercial Way Bridge and the Neate Street footbridge in Burgess Park.

Some bridges and subways within Southwark are owned and maintained by other organisations. If you're concerned about possible damage to the structures listed below, please contact the relevant organisation directly by clicking on the links

  • bridges spanning the river Thames including London Bridge, Tower Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, Southwark Bridge and the Millennium Footbridge are maintained by the The following link opens in a new windowCorporation of London 
  • railway bridges and tunnels are maintained by The following link opens in a new windowNetwork Rail
  • subways under red routes e.g. subways under Elephant and Castle roundabouts are maintained by The following link opens in a new windowTransport for London
  • Rotherhithe Tunnel is also maintained by The following link opens in a new windowTransport for London

Maintenance and problem reporting

We inspect all our bridges and subways regularly and have a maintenance programme to ensure that they are safe. Please contact us directly to report any accidents, flooding or other problems that may have made a bridge or subway unsafe.

If you witness a vehicle striking a bridge or causing damage, please make a note of the vehicle registration details and report it to us. We may be able to trace the vehicle and recover the costs of repairing any damage.

Any walls that form part of the highway, eg a retaining wall or embankment wall, are likely to be maintained by us. Any dangerous walls should be reported to us, even if they are walls belonging to private property. We can ensure that works are carried out to make any dangerous walls safe.

Low bridges and prevention of bridge strikes 

Click here to download the The following link opens in a new windowDepartment of Transport's guide to avoiding bridge strikes. This will be of particular importance to professional drivers of heavy goods vehicles.  

Bridge weight restrictions and bridge strengthening

The maximum weight permitted on bridges in Southwark is 40 tonnes. All of the bridges that we look after are regularly assessed to make sure that they are strong enough to support this weight. Some bridges that are awaiting strengthening works may have a temporary weight restriction put in place, this will be clearly indicated by signs on the road approaching the bridge.

Page last updated: 11 October 2017