PICTURES: Operation launched to retrieve granite blocks knocked into River Thames by bus

PICTURES: Operation launched to retrieve huge granite blocks knocked into River Thames by bus

PICTURES: Operation launched to retrieve huge granite blocks knocked into River Thames by bus

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These photographs reveal the work taking place to retrieve blocks of granite knocked into the River Thames when a bus crashed into Putney Bridge.

Wandsworth Guardian:

They have to wait until low tide in order to fetch the blocks 

Wandsworth Guardian:

The bus crash

Putney Bridge closed for three months on Monday, July 14, as part of a £1.5m repair programme.

However, engineers had to add to their list of repairs after a bus crashed into the side of the Grade II listed bridge, knocking giant blocks into the river, the week before its closure, on Monday, July 7.

London Ambulance Service treated two patients for minor injuries and the bus driver, who was rescued by the London Fire Brigade after the vehicle was left hanging off the bridge, for a chest injury.

A council spokesman said: "The first lifts went well and we aim to have recovered all of the blocks from the riverbed by the end of the weekend.

"They will need to be repaired by specialist masons, as will the bridge ledges which were damaged by the blocks as they fell.

Wandsworth Guardian:

"The bridge repair project is going well and we are on course to complete in October as planned."

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