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Mystery donors to fund £5m wobbly Thames bridge repairs

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The long squabble about who will have to pick up the bill for the £5 million repair works to fix the Millennium Bridge wobble is about to come to an end this week when the project backers will announce that the cash has finally been secured.

But although an announcement is due about funding the 'remedial work', the bridge developers will not be revealing the identity of the 'donors' because of what they say is a condition of the deal.

A bridge representative would only say that neither Southwark Council nor the Millennium Commission is stumping up the cash - the deal is understood to involve a complex brokering arrangement.

Southwark, which technically owns the bridge, sanctioned the works after a closed council meeting last week, following months of wrangling between the Millennium Bridge Trust, Southwark Council, the Corporation of London and the bridge's consultants.

The work involves retrofitting dampers to the £330 million bridge and will take six months to complete. This will mean that the bridge will finally reopen 'this year', officials say, meaning it will have been closed for a maximum of 18 months since it was completed on 12 June last year.

'It's good news and there's light at the end of the tunnel, ' said a spokesperson.

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