The latest meeting of the Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce was held on 25 November 2021, where they discussed the future of the proposed ferry service, the report into the strengthening works from Dr Steve Denton and the ongoing work on the business case.
As previously announced on Twitter:
In light of the available evidence, the decision has been taken to cease work on the ferry at this time. It is not currently anticipated that the bridge will need to be closed often enough or for long enough for the ferry to remain a viable solution.
Annoyingly, they are still talking about restoring the bridge for motorists. On the other hand, at this rate of progress it won't be happening any time soon.
The strengthening works will enable the bridge to reopen to all users including motorists and the report indicates that the 2 engineering solutions under consideration by LBHF are viable solutions. Both seek to undertake the same physical engineering work, but the proposed method of delivery is different and therefore each has different advantages and disadvantages.
The Taskforce noted the ongoing work to deliver the business case for the repair and restoration of Hammersmith Bridge, which is a requirement for any project that requires government funding. We look forward to LBHF completing its business casework and for works to commence to restore this historic bridge for full use.
You can read the whole statement here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hammersmith-bridge-taskforce-meeting-25-november-2021
Posted on 29th November 2021