Hampton Court Bridge will be partially closed for three months from January 24 due to anti-terror bollards being put in place.
Surrey County Council said it would be raising the curbs as part of the measures to prevent uncontrolled vehicles from injuring pedestrians. The bollards will be installed as a way of preventing the bridge from being damaged and losing its historic character.
Local resident Ken Cheshire, 68, said: “Like most counter-terrorist activity we may never know if it will have prevented an attack.
“Obviously traffic bollards will make it more difficult for a vehicle-based event to mow down a lot of pedestrians in one hit.”
Sarah Nendick, 49, said: “It will make my journey to pick my son up from after-school activities from his school in Hampton longer.
“I had never considered Hampton Court as a prime target, but I suppose it could be, and so the prevention measures may well be worthwhile.”
The reason why this work will take three months is that workers will only be able to fix one lane at a time which can cause traffic disruption.
Darian East, 42, said: “I work in Chessington so have to cross that bridge on a daily basis. Not going to be a fun few months.”
Work will start at 7:30 am till 4:40 pm on weekdays and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays.