Hammersmith Bridge

Meeting: 
MQT on 2020-02-24
Session date: 
February 24, 2020
Reference: 
2020/0762
Question By: 
Shaun Bailey
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What progress have you made in resolving the ongoing Hammersmith Bridge situation?

Answers

Answer for Hammersmith Bridge
Hammersmith Bridge

Hammersmith Bridge

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Significant progress is being made in putting to together a plan and design for the refurbishment of the bridge and in conducting immediate repair works. Investigation works are now being carried out, which involves removing the decorative castings from the pedestals on the bridge together with the paint, to reveal the inner workings. This will inform the detailed methodology for the main works. The concept design for the bridge works is expected to be completed in April. 

TfL has contributed £25 million to the work that is underway at present, and this funding will also be used to cover the costs of a planned temporary pedestrian and cycle bridge for the 16,000 people who now cross the river on foot or by bicycle every day. This temporary walking and cycling bridge is necessary to ensure unimpeded access to Hammersmith Bridge during refurbishment works, with the intention of shortening the overall closure period for the bridge. 

To progress the main works to the bridge, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham as the bridge owner needs support from central Government. LBHF and TfL have therefore jointly submitted a bid to the Department of Transport (DfT) for the balance of funding required, and my Deputy Mayor for Transport is due to meet with the Minister, local MPs, and local Council Leaders regarding this bid next week.