A Toll on Hammersmith Bridge (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-07-18
Session date: 
July 18, 2019
Reference: 
2019/14552
Question By: 
Florence Eshalomi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Stephen Greenhalgh has said, “If I were the directly-elected Mayor [of Hammersmith & Fulham], I would borrow the money to fix Hammersmith Bridge and set the borrowings against a road user charge for both buses and cars if TfL refused to stump up their fair share. The GLA Act allows both boroughs and the Mayor to levy road user charges.” Can you confirm that the GLA Act says Boroughs may introduce charging but will first need the agreement of the Mayor?

Answer

A Toll on Hammersmith Bridge (1)

A Toll on Hammersmith Bridge (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Under Schedule 23 of the GLA Act, any borough-proposed road user charging scheme needs to be confirmed by the Mayor. However, it is premature to consider the types of funding that will be used to pay for repairs to Hammersmith Bridge until a preferred option has been selected and the associated costs are understood. Without knowing how much the work will cost, we can’t know the most appropriate funding stream.

The immediate focus is on completing the ongoing investigation, design and assessment work in order to arrive at properly costed options for the repairs as soon as possible. Transport for London will then work with Hammersmith & Fulham Council to identify appropriate funding once a preferred option has been agreed.