London Assembly calls for Hammersmith Bridge to be repaired and reopened

Image above: Hammersmith Bridge

Assembly Members call on government to release the funds from the Department for Transport for the bridge’s strengthening works

The London Assembly has asked for the government to free up funds from the Department of Transport for the repairs on Hammersmith Bridge. The bridge has been closed for over five years, with residents on both sides of the Hammersmith Bridge using diversions and alternative modes of transport as a result of the bridge’s closure.

The closure means that people in Barnes and Castelnau, in the borough of Richmond, have been cut off by public transport links to Hammersmith and the surrounding area.

The Assembly has also called on the Mayor as both in his capacity as Chair of Transport for London and as Mayor of London:

“to use his convening powers to do everything possible to support the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in its efforts to repair the bridge.”

Caroline Pidgeon AM,  Deputy Chair of the London Assembly’s Transport Committee, proposed the motion, and said:

“For five long years, residents on both sides of Hammersmith Bridge have suffered through congestion and diverted public transport routes as a result of the Bridge’s closure.

“Beyond creating congestion, residents in South West London have been cut off from the wider Tube network in Hammersmith limiting their public transport options for getting to and from other parts of London.

“The UK Government must recognise its failure to accept the bridge’s business case is delaying the progress of repairs and commit to the full release of funds from the Department for Transport for the bridge’s strengthening works.”

The full text of the motion is:

For over five years now residents on both sides of the Hammersmith Bridge have suffered through congestion and diverted public transport routes as a result of the bridges closure.

The traffic chaos has extended far beyond the banks of the river itself and has caused congestion throughout south west London, with redirected vehicles clogging up streets they otherwise wouldn’t be using.

The closure also means that people in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames have effectively been cut off from bus links that connected them to the wider tube network in Hammersmith.

A business case for the repair works was submitted by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in December 2022 and is still awaiting a decision from the UK Government.