Hammersmith Bridge closed to motor traffic in April 2019 and will remain closed until major safety critical work is completed . The wait could be three years……. it could be longer .
The bridge was built in 1887 and is Grade II listed . It is a wrought iron suspension bridge with a wooden deck supporting steel plates . It is owned and managed by Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council as the Highway Authority and it carried the A306 and over 20,000 vehicles per day – not what it was designed for !
The repairs are will cost £40m and Hammersmith and Fulham say that they cannot afford it – TFL say they do not have the money so the appeal has now gone to the government but in the meantime West London has lost a vital bridge connecting the transport hub and working community of Hammersmith with Barnes, Sheen, Mortlake , Richmond as well as Putney and Wandsworth .
What is the loss of the bridge doing to our local economy already? The traffic around Putney and Wandsworth Bridges is at times completely grid locked – not helped by other road and bridge closures.
Fulham Society would like to make representations to the Council and local MP’s in H&F and surrounding Boroughs – let us know how it has affected you .by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org