Hammersmith Bridge may reopen "in 8 weeks"

BBC London News has reported that LBHF have said that it may be possible to re-open the bridge to pedestrians & cyclists:

This would rule out the temporary walking and cycling bridge that has been proposed. This may be disappointing to some, but it might be a relief for residents of Queen Caroline Street in Hammersmith, whose lives would be disrupted by the construction work.

So, we may see the bridge reopened to walkers and people on bikes by the start of November. This would be a relief to the 16,000 or so people who were crossing the bridge before it closed, and who now have to find an alternative way to cross the river.

Some have gone to Barnes Bridge (which is now busier) and others have used Putney (always horrible for people on bikes). Others still will have switched back to using a car to cross Chiswick Bridge.

Reopening Hammersmith Bridge would be a relief all round, so let's keep our fingers crossed that it happens soon.

Tom Edwards's remark that there is "no end in sight for beleaguered Barnes" is a little puzzling, though. Surely, reopening the bridge to bicycles and people on foot is an end in itself. Why would you want to go any further?

Posted on 4th September 2020

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