It was incredible how quickly they vanished - so much so you begin to wonder if it was all a dream when you see the patches of newly laid granite where they once stood. Perhaps that's the intention
Literally within 3-4 days the bridge was back to normal, though the fencing is still there. Lovely to see the generous expanse of paving again.
Only one major quibble, and that's the obsession in this city with laying drainage channels in the middle of pavements - why can't surfaces just slope down to the road?! Or at least do what was done on O'Connell Street and make the slope so gradual towards the centre that a single strip of near-level paving slabs acts in itself as the channel, with regularly spaced drains. The current one of moulded shape is ideally designed for tripping over, and sited exactly along the route of heaviest pedestrian traffic.
Paul Clerkin wrote:now if they could take the horrible lamp standards too
Absolutely. Tesco Southampton want their car park lighting returned asap.
Okay they're decent enough, but entirely unsuited to bridge use, and entirely unnecessary with the dazzling halogen lamps of the seahorse parapet standards.