Traffic crossing the Oxford Circus 'umbrella' bridge - photograph

This photo shows traffic passing across the Oxford Circus 'umbrella'. The umbrella was a 600-ton bridge built to carry traffic along Oxford Street whilst Oxford Circus station was built beneath. Reconstruction of the station had been put off for years, partly due to concerns over traffic disruption. However, with the new Victoria line passing through the station, the work became unavoidable. The bridge was a massive steel deck covered with 245 steel plates. Numbered plates can be seen on the bridge on the right. Its construction took place during the August bank holiday weekend of 1966, and the road was open again by the Tuesday. This picture was taken in September 1966, shortly afterwards.
Production Date:
9 Sep 1966
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Photographer : Brooks
Transport for London

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