Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce meeting, 29 April 2021

The latest meeting of the Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce was held on 29 April 2021.

Key points:

Representatives from Fosters & Partners and COWI provided an update on their proposal for a temporary truss structure. They suggested that the key benefit associated with this proposal is the potential for the bridge to be reopened earlier to vehicles. LBHF and Foster/COWI have committed to work with DfT and TfL in developing a business case for this alternative option, so that it can be compared with the current proposal.
Surely "opening the bridge earlier to vehicles" is terrible news! Unless the vehicles in question are buses, of course.

They expect the ferry, operated by Uber Boats, to be open by late summer.
There will be two boats plus a reserve. The crossing will cost £1.55 and will take 90 seconds. Boats will run every 5 minutes or so. I still don't think it will happen.

The current agreement for controlled river transits for vessels meeting certain criteria is working well.
That is good news for boaters.

Read the full update on the gov.uk website

Still very little actual action from the "Taskforce". One can't help but wonder if they are delaying things to encourage people to vote Tory in the Mayoral election on 6th May...or is that too cynical?

Posted on 30th April 2021

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