Work has started on a makeover for Londonís South Bank to be completed in time for the 2012 Olympic Games.
The council has secured £3 million in funding from the Mayor of London to revamp the stretch between Tower Bridge and Westminster Bridge.~~
Seven key locations including the Millennium Bridge , Bankside, Clink Street and the area around the Globe Theatre and Oxo Tower will benefit from new lighting, paving, seating and signage.
Councillor Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for transport, environment and recycling at Southwark Council, said: “The improvements should make a massive difference to the lives of residents and visitors who have not been able to fully enjoy the route along the Southbank.
“Not only will the works create a greatly enhanced experience along the Thames during the Olympics and Paralympics but they will leave a lasting legacy for residents and visitors for years to come."
Work is now underway and is scheduled for completion by the end of March 2012.
In June tens of thousands of people are expected to line the Southbank to watch a 1,000 strong flotilla sail along the Thames to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee before the capital gears up for the Olympics.
"We've already surpassed one degree of global warming," said Kristen Buida, manager of the London Climate Change Partnership.