Hammersmith Bridge petition reaches 10,000 signatures
4 September, 2020 / by Matt Smith
A petition demanding the Government either funds repairs for Hammersmith Bridge or pays for a new bridge entirely has received more than 10,000 signatures since being posted on 2 September.
Hammersmith Bridge has been closed to motor traffic since 10 April 2019, as Hammersmith and Fulham Council has been unable to come to an arrangement with Transport for London and the Government on who’s paying for the necessary repairs.
The bridge’s closure was extended to include pedestrians and cyclists on 13 August 2020 after the structural issues worsened. River traffic and pedestrian routes under the bridge have also been stopped.
The decision was made after more cracks had appeared in the structure of the bridge, possibly due to the high temperatures over the previous few weeks.
A protest against the travel restrictions was held at the bridge on 3 September by local residents that have been affected by the closure.
The mayoral candidate for the Conservatives, Shaun Bailey, also weighed in on Twitter:
“Hammersmith Bridge is closed again. And the Mayor refuses to act. Residents need a temporary bridge. So if @SadiqKhan and the councils won’t build it, the government must step in. It’s a shame ministers will have to fix another @SadiqKhan mess” he said.
Images above: Protestors occupy Hammersmith Bridge, a rush-hour traffic jam along Lonsdale Road in Barnes
‘Hopefully’ bridge will be reopened in two months
Wesley Harcourt is the Cabinet Member for the Environment on Hammersmith and Fulham Council.
In an interview with the BBC on 4 September, he said that the bridge could be opened in a couple of months, but that it was likely to be longer.
“We hope to be able to get a temperature control system in place in the next couple of weeks, monitor that, and if that shows that the cracks have stabilised then hopefully we will be able to reopen the bridge to pedestrians and cyclists in the not too distant future but we are looking at a minimum of eight to ten weeks or a bit longer” he said.
You can watch a clip of the interview below.
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