Army asked to help with temporary Hammersmith Bridge

From the LBRuT website:

In a joint letter to the Army and Secretary of State for Defence, the Chair of Richmond Council’s Transport and Air Quality Committee and local MP, have asked for military assistance evaluating and potentially deploying an emergency temporary bridge linking Barnes and Hammersmith.

Cllr Alexander Ehmann and Sarah Olney MP have written to the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), to ask if their expertise in installing bridges overseas could be utilised in identifying a short-term remedy to the impact of the Hammersmith Bridge closure.

Read the full letter (PDF)

It's amazing that it has come to this. Whether or not you want a traffic-free bridge in the long run, it's hard to argue against the need for a temporary walking and cycling bridge as soon as possible.

The plans are in place, but funding is needed from central government if the scheme is to go ahead. With the bridge closed to everyone, a temporary bridge is the only way, in the short term, of providing a crossing between Putney and Barnes bridges.

So far, the appeals to the goverment seem to have fallen on deaf ears. But the Council's request to the Army seems to step things up a notch. It'll be interesting to see what develops.

Posted on 25th August 2020

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