Support secured for temporary bridge alongside Hammersmith Bridge

From the Sutton & Croydon Guardian: Zac Goldsmith announced he has received support from the Secretary of State for Transport to build a temporary bridge alongside Hammersmith Bridge to help to ease traffic.

The support comes after he lobbied the Government and Transport for London (TfL) for a bridge to coexist with the current structure of Hammersmith Bridge, which resulted in engineers from Richmond offering up two design proposals.

Mr Goldsmith said: “I am delighted that the Department for Transport will give serious consideration to these proposals....

“Completing the restoration of the Bridge as soon as possible is a priority, but residents cannot endure three years of traffic chaos as a result."

Read the full article on the Sutton & Croydon Guardian website

Our comment

With a general election coming in a few weeks, Zac Goldsmith clearly has his eye on his local electorate. He's seen the increase in traffic on the Upper Richmond Road and heard people moaning about being stuck in it, and he's trying to turn this into votes.

But he's meant to be an environmentalist, isn't he? Surely he should be campaigning to get people out of their cars altogether. He should be showing his constituents that there are alternatives to driving short journeys to Waitrose, or taking their children to school by car.

What a disappointment he has been as a local politician. Let's not forget, he's a hard-line Brexiteer in an overwhelmingly "remain" consituency. We can only hope that his populist tactics result in him being chucked out on December 12th.

Posted on 20th November 2019

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