The latest meeting of the Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce was held on 3 June 2021.
The three main points of discussion can be summarised as follows:
1. Discussion continues on how the bridge will be fixed, and how it will be funded.
2. The Case for Continued Safe Operation Board may agree to a limited and controlled reopening of the bridge to pedestrians, cyclists and expanded river transits in July.
3. TfL confirmed its aim for the ferry to be operational by late summer, subject to the appropriate planning and consent processes.
Which raises the following thoughts:
It is incredible - literally - that there is no agreement over funding yet. It is plainly obvious that a local authority - LBHF in this case - can't afford around £40m to fix a bridge it probably never wanted in the first place. In the end, funding must come from the Government, possibly by awarding a grant to TfL. One can only assume that the arguing is still going on is for political reasons. It is an absolutely shameful situation.
If the bridge is declared OK for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross in July, why will the ferry be needed? Who would pay £1.55 for the ferry trip if you can just stroll or ride across for free?
Posted on 6th July 2021