From New Civil Engineer:
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has submitted a “large list of shovel-ready projects” to the government in the hope of receiving much needed funding for infrastructure projects in the Capital. Khan confirmed that the £120M Hammersmith Bridge repair job is in on the list, while speaking at Mayor’s Question Time.
My comment: this was in response to a letter sent by Robert Jenrick, the Housing, Communities & Local Government Secretary, to mayors and local business leaders.
I do hate the term "shovel-ready"; it reminds us of the "oven-ready" Brexit deal that has failed to materialise, and smacks of triteness.
It would be such a shame if £120m is splurged on simply restoring Hammersmith Bridge as a crossing for cars. Surely, in this day and age, we can aim for a better future, and repurpose the bridge as a hub for pedestrians and bicyclists in this corner of London?
Posted on 22nd June 2020