Hammersmith Bridge Progress
From Richmond Council: Residents’ needs on both sides of Hammersmith Bridge are the priority.
The Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council (H&F) took Richmond Council’s Leader on a tour of Hammersmith Bridge today, to show him the refurbishment works being done to return the bridge to full working order and its former Victorian splendour and discuss how they will work together to ensure residents’ needs remain the priority.
Hammersmith Bridge belongs to Hammersmith & Fulham Council, but is also a vital part of Transport for London’s (TfL) strategic transport network. For Richmond, the bridge links residents living south of the Thames to central London, via London underground services, and to major roads including the M4 and the North Circular.
In 2015, H&F Council and TfL agreed to restore the Grade II* listed 19th Century bridge to its former splendour and make it fit for modern public transport needs. This year, H&F Council also initiated the most comprehensive review of the bridge’s structural integrity ever seen.
In April 2019 that review’s weekly checks discovered micro-fractures in the cast iron pedestals securing the suspension bridge. The bridge was immediately closed to motor traffic for safety reasons.
A team of 18 world-class, specialist engineers are carrying out a full diagnosis of all the potential problems and their causes. Once that analysis is complete, the works to fully restore the Hammersmith Bridge will begin. The whole process could take up to three years before the works are finished and the bridge is re-opened to cars and buses.