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Hammersmith Bridge to reopen to pedestrians and cyclists

15 July 2021

Hammersmith Bridge will reopen to cyclists, pedestrians and river traffic from this Saturday, 17 July 2021, easing almost a year of anguish for residents and businesses in Barnes and the surrounding area in Richmond upon Thames.

The bridge was closed completely in August 2020, including to river traffic, after Hammersmith and Fulham Council engineers found worsening cracks in the structure after a period of severe heat waves.  

Following comprehensive safety investigations, the bridge is now safe to open to pedestrians and cyclists. A temperature control system has also been introduced, which helps prevent cracking in the bridge's cast iron pedestals. 

Councillor Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:

"Obviously I am delighted that the bridge is reopening to foot and cycle traffic. Safety is always the top priority, but residents who live on the south-side of the river, particularly in Barnes have been borne the brunt of this closure. They have been cut off from work, school, vital services and transport links for almost 12 months, and while Richmond Council put measures in place to support them, it has taken its toll. 

"I hope that this good news will provide some relief as we can now look forward to Hammersmith and Fulham Council progressing with the full restoration."

Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council, said:  

"I am very pleased to confirm the latest advice from safety engineers is that we can safely reopen Hammersmith Bridge. We have instructed the team to do that. It will open this weekend. 

"I know how difficult the last eleven months have been for people, particularly children needing to cross the river to get to school and those who need to attend medical appointments or get to work." 

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Updated: 15 July 2021