Hammersmith bridge closed to pedestrians and cyclists
Transport for London has announced that Hammersmith Bridge will now be closed to pedestrians and cyclists, as well as to vehicles.
Local businesses were told the news on the afternoon of Thursday 13 August, as barriers shut the road over the bridge at around 4.45pm to prevent people, whether on bike or on foot, from crossing. Boats will also not be allowed to pass under the bridge either until further notice.
Transport for London then put out a statement saying:
‘Following expert technical advice, Hammersmith & Fulham Council has decided to close Hammersmith Bridge to all traffic – including buses, pedestrians, cyclists and river traffic – until we can be assured that it is safe.
‘This is because engineers working on behalf of Hammersmith & Fulham Council and TfL have discovered further damage to the north-eastern pedestal of Hammersmith Bridge. It will remain closed until we are assured it is safe to reopen.
‘We are sorry for any disruption caused by the sudden nature of this closure, but safety is paramount’.
The closure comes after six days of extreme heat. Temperatures have been 34 degrees C in central London, for the first time since 1961.
There are diversions for motorists via Chiswick Bridge and Putney Bridge but cyclists can carry their bikes up to the footbridge to cross the river beside Barnes Railway Bridge.
Image above: Colliers boat Connaught negotiating Hammersmith Bridge
Colliers Launches, who run boats from Kew Bridge downriver to Westminster and up river to Hampton Court, had only just got up and running after having to stop their service because of hte coronavirus.
The family firm, whose boat Connaught is pictured here navigating Hammersmith Bridge, say it is “yet another blow to Thames river boats”.