Preliminary repair works on Hammersmith Bridge will commence in the next few weeks, Hammersmith and Fulham Council (LBHF) and Transport for London (TfL) have confirmed.
Although the full restoration project is still in the planning phase, the Bridge’s decorative cast iron housings need to be partially dismantled to provide access for an investigation of the bridge’s structure and for surface preparation.
The contractors, Kier, will start setting up for this phase of works on Monday 25 November. The work itself is scheduled to start in the next few weeks and run to June 2020.
Working hours will be as follows:
There will be no works on Sunday.
The work will produce a certain amount of noise, and access to Riverview Gardens will be restricted.
During the work, pedestrian access will be maintained "via safe diversion routes", and cyclists will need to dismount and push their bikes across the bridge. Motorcyclists and scooter riders will no longer be allowed to push their bikes over the bridge. The pedicab service will be suspended. We are not told if these restrictions apply 24/7 or just during work hours.
Full details can be seen on the LBRUT website.
Although LBHF and TfL have publicly discounted the temporary bridge option put forward recently, LBRUT are seeking a meeting of their own with Beckett Rankine to assess the idea. Meanwhile, LBHF are shortly expected to publish their own temporary foot and cycle bridge proposal.
Posted on 21st November 2019