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West London residents are being asked for their views on the temporary walking and cycling bridge that would allow the Grade II* listed Hammersmith Bridge, built in 1887, to fully shut for essential repairs.

A temporary bridge is required to ensure access is maintained for the 16,000 people currently crossing the river on foot or by bike every day and would simplify and speed-up the repairs of the main bridge.

The temporary bridge being proposed is a prefabricated steel structure, supported by two piers in the river. The bridge would be step free and have a 5.5-metre-wide space for pedestrians and cyclists. It would be accessed by shallow ramps from Queen Caroline Street on the Hammersmith side and from close to the junction of Castelnau and Riverview Gardens on the Barnes side.

Following engagement with residents, a Planning Application to both Hammersmith & Fulham and Richmond councils will be submitted.

Subject to the Planning process, works could begin as early as this summer, with the opening of the temporary bridge expected this coming winter.

Cllr Alexander Ehmann, Chair of the Transport and Air Quality Committee, said:

“We all want Hammersmith Bridge to be repaired as quickly as possible. To make that process as swift as possible the bridge needs to be closed to all users. 

“Along with TfL and Hammersmith Council, we have reviewed the proposals for a temporary bridge that would accommodate cars; but the concept has extensive legal, planning, permission and timescale challenges. It is not considered feasible by any of the parties involved in the restoration of this bridge.

“However, the more modest project to deliver a temporary cycling and walking bridge is deliverable and the key parties are aligned in working to deliver it. This is key to ensuring that walkers and those on bicycles can still cross the river while the works are ongoing.”

Public drop-in exhibitions have been cancelled. TfL have taken this decision in order to safeguard the community from exposure to the coronavirus. However, residents are encourage to continue to send their views on-line and by e-mail

Information about the plans along with a feedback form will also be available online from 14 March.

The opportunity for people to share their views closes on 5 April.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.

Reference: P077/20

Updated: 02 March 2021