Hammersmith Bridge was closed to river traffic, foot traffic and bicycles in early October 2020
The Hammersmith Bridge task force set up in September is holding frequent meetings .
Chaired by Transport Minister Baroness Vere , the taskforce has made significant progress on the next steps for the Hammersmith Bridge. In particular, the taskforce agreed a ferry service across the river would be the preferred transport solution to deliver a crossing for residents in the short-term and they are working quickly to have a service in place by early next year.
All other potential solutions, including a temporary bridge, remain under consideration to ensure the fastest possible resolution for those impacted by the closure of the bridge. TfL also continues to keep the enhanced local bus services under review to respond to changing demands. The taskforce fully understands the complexity of the issues surrounding the pathway to a long-term solution.
The Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce was set up by the Department for Transport in September 2020 to work towards safely reopening the Hammersmith Bridge. The taskforce is chaired by Baroness Vere and includes representatives from TfL, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Network Rail, the Greater London Authority and the Port of London Authority.
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
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