Transport for London has announced that a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists is to be built alongside Hammersmith Bridge. The structure will be a temporary crossing while work is carried out on the 133 year old suspension bridge. It will enable the 16,000 people who are currently still using Hammersmith Bridge to cross the river each day, while enabling engineers to carry out vital repairs. Subject to planning permission, work on the temporary bridge is expected to start in the summer and be completed during winter 2020 – 21.
Transport for London is opening a period of consultation so that local residents can have their say about it. 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 north bank and from close to the junction of Castelnau and Riverview Gardens on the south bank. Following engagement with residents, a planning application to both Hammersmith & Fulham and Richmond Councils will be submitted.
TfL has committed £25m towards the projected costs of the restoration of the bridge and installation of a temporary bridge. This contribution has funded early investigations, the initial feasibility, monitoring and concept design work, and it is expected to be sufficient to cover the cost of the temporary bridge for pedestrians and cyclists.
Image above: Hammersmith temporary bridge model and sketch
Vital river crossing
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:
“Hammersmith Bridge is a vital crossing and we are determined to see it brought back into use as soon as possible.
“We are keen to hear residents’ views on these proposals and hope work on this temporary bridge will begin this summer, should all the necessary consents be granted.”
David Rowe, TfL’s Head of Major Projects Sponsorship, said:
“Hammersmith Bridge is a vital river crossing that many people use to access the Tube, businesses need to thrive and is fundamental to local residents when going about their day-to-day lives. Its closure to vehicles has caused severe disruption and congestion, not just in the local area but at other bridges in the vicinity. The construction of a temporary bridge will help bring back this celebrated piece of engineering to its original Victorian splendour and ensure maximum connectivity as quickly as possible.”
Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, said:
“We’re working at pace to restore our iconic 133-year-old Hammersmith Bridge. A temporary bridge across the Thames would keep pedestrians and cyclists on the move, as well as help us complete the restoration as quickly and safely as possible. Now we’re joining with TfL to call on the Government to help fund the full restoration of the bridge.”
TfL and Hammersmith Fulham Council have submitted a bid to the Department for Transport to meet the cost of repairing the bridge. TfL say they won’t know the full cost involved until April 2020.
Drop-in Consultation Sessions
TfL is hosting public drop-in exhibitions to encourage residents to come along to find out more about the proposals. They are being held at the following times:
Saturday 14 March, 11:00 to 15:00, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, W6 9BN
Tuesday 17 March, 18:00 to 21:00, Castelnau Community Centre, Barnes, SW13 9AQ
Thursday 19 March, 16:00 to 20:00, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, W6 9BN
Saturday 21 March, 13:00 to 17:00, St Michael & All Angels, Barnes, SW13 0NX
Information about the plans along with a feedback form will also be available online from the 14 March here.
The opportunity for people to share their views closes on 22 March
Image above: Map of where the crossing will be