"Ferry services to reduce journey times"

From Gov.uk: Hammersmith Bridge ferry services to reduce journey times for local residents and school children

As part of the London bailout, TfL has been required to procure a ferry service for passengers across the Thames near Hammersmith Bridge.

From Gov.uk:

Today (5 November 2020) the government can announce that, as part of the London bailout, TfL has been required to procure a ferry service for passengers across the Thames near Hammersmith Bridge. The service will allow pedestrians and cyclists to travel point to point, avoiding a circular trip across other bridges.

The announcement follows the establishment by the Transport Secretary of a taskforce to bring together partners, including Hammersmith and Fulham council and TfL, to provide rapid solutions to the bridge’s closure.

As a condition of the £1.7 billion bailout provided to TfL on Saturday, the Government insisted TfL commence work both on the temporary ferry service and work to establish how Hammersmith Bridge could be brought back into use.

Procurement will start this week and a service active in the new year.

Read the whole article on the Gov.uk website

There then follow some rather disingenuous remarks by Grant Shapps, along the lines of "For too long residents have suffered as those responsible have failed to deal with this issue".

Some might argue that the delay is down to none other than Grant Shapps, who has been shown promising funding for the bridge on several occasions.

But still, at least something seems to be happening now, and if all goes well, we'll be able to walk and ride over the bridge sometime next year. In the meantime, I do hope they manage to make a ferry service work, although I think it'll be hard to do.

Posted on 5th November 2020

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