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Westminster Bridge 2012

September 2012

Westminster Bridge is a road and foot traffic bridge built between 1739–1750. A bridge at Westminster was originally proposed in 1664, but opposed by the Corporation of London and the watermen. On the left is Portcullis House an office building that was commissioned in 1992 and opened in 2001 to provide offices for 213 Members of Parliament and their staff.

The bridge is painted predominantly green, the same colour as the leather seats in the House of Commons which is on the side of the Palace of Westminster nearest the bridge. This is in contrast to Lambeth Bridge which is red, the same colour as the seats in the House of Lords and is on the opposite side of the Houses of Parliament.