Londoners have waited too long for #HammersmithBridge to be fixed so they can get on with their journeys. That's why today I've established a task force and called in specialist engineers to deliver rapid solutions pic.twitter.com/UkMb85Ep6P— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) September 9, 2020
Can this really be good news?
It's not as if LBHF and LBRuT have just been sitting around doing nothing for the last months. In fact, they say they have plans in place, and all they need is the funding to carry them out.
But of course, there's a great deal of party politicking happening at the moment. Everyone's blaming everyone else for not fixing the bridge.
But there's nothing this government likes more than a big announcement. Whether or not it will translate into anything useful remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, here's a statement from H&F Council Leader, Cllr Stephen Cowan, on the much-needed repairs to Hammersmith Bridge.
"Our engineers have worked around the clock to develop shovel-ready plans to make Hammersmith Bridge safe and fully restore it. We therefore welcome the government’s announcement today as a signal that they now intend to engage constructively with us on this matter, and we hope they will now work with our cross-party team to prioritise the needs of residents on both sides of the river.
"There is an urgency to tackling this issue, so while Transport for London (TfL), Hammersmith & Fulham and Richmond councils will play a full part in the government’s taskforce, we must avoid an empty talking shop. Only the government has the financial resources to fix this bridge. Ministers must urgently commit to funding the necessary repairs."
Posted on 9th September 2020