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Three-tonne weight restriction on Albert Bridge

  • February 28, 2024
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Three-tonne weight restriction on Albert Bridge

A three-tonne weight restriction is now being enforced on Albert Bridge by Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea with fines for any goods vehicles that exceed it. The restriction has been in place since 2012 and was previously managed with width restriction posts to deter larger vehicles from entering the bridge.

The council says that it takes “its responsibility to protect the iconic landmark and vital river crossing very seriously.” Back in October, the bridge was resurfaced, with £100,000 spent on repairing the deck.
Drivers who use the bridge regularly have been given advance notice with warning signs on the street and over 1,400 warning notices being issued since 6th December, 2023. Cameras have been installed at the north side of the bridge and drivers of goods vehicles identified as being over three tonnes will receive a fixed penalty notice of £130, reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days.

The council only has the power to enforce the limit against goods vehicles and is encouraging anyone with a vehicle heavier than three-tonnes to use another route wherever possible to protect the bridge.
The weight of your vehicle is usually listed in the vehicle’s owner’s manual or you can check the specifications on the DVLA website.

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