Making the best of it

Since Hammersmith Bridge was closed to traffic, the powers that be at Hammersmith & Fulham, Richmond and Transport for London haven't been sitting still. They and others have taken action, or are making plans to make the best of the situation.

Changes to bus routes

TfL have made changes to the bus routes affected by the closure of the bridge.

  • Routes 33, 72, 209, 419, and 485 run on shortened or altered routes
  • They introduced new routes, the 378 and 533
  • They increased the frequency of route 265 between Roehampton and Putney Bridge station
  • Route 609 no longer runs, having been withdrawn when the bridge was closed.
A summary of changes to bus routes following the closure of Hammersmith Bridge to buses

A summary of changes to bus routes following the closure of Hammersmith Bridge to buses

Route 33

Route 33 starts and finishes in Castelnau ('Lonsdale Road' bus stops), close to the south side of Hammersmith Bridge, no longer serving Hammersmith Bridge Road or Hammersmith bus station. It continues to run as previously between Fulwell and Castelnau.

Download a map of the 33 route (PDF)

The N33 route, which runs between 1am and 5am, is diverted over Putney Bridge and doesn't serve Castelnau or Hammersmith Bridge Road.

Download a map of the N33 route (PDF)

Route 72

Route 72 starts and finishes at Hammersmith Bridge (north side bus stop), north of the river, no longer serving Castelnau, Rocks Lane, Barnes station or Roehampton. It runs along Hammersmith Bridge Road (westbound), Bridge View (southbound) and Hammersmith Bridge Road (northbound and eastbound) to get as close as possible to the bridge. It continues to run between Hammersmith bus station and East Acton. This replaces the temporary arrangement with route 72 buses not running between Shepherd’s Bush and East Acton.

Download a map of the 72 route (PDF)

At night, route 72 is renumbered N72. It continues to run between Roehampton and East Acton but is rerouted between Barnes station and Hammersmith bus station along Lower Richmond Road, Putney Bridge and Fulham Palace Road, no longer serving Rocks Lane (northern section), Castelnau or Hammersmith Bridge Road.

Download a map of the N72 route (PDF)

Route 209

Route 209 is rerouted to run between Mortlake and Castelnau. The route no longer serves Hammersmith bus station. The route runs along Mortlake High Street, The Terrace, Barnes High Street, Church Road and Terminates at Castelnau.

Download a map of the 209 route (PDF)

Route 419

Route 419 is rerouted to run between Richmond and Barnes Pond (via Castelnau), no longer serving Hammersmith Bridge Road or Hammersmith bus station. Between Lonsdale Road (eastern end) and Barnes Pond it runs along Castelnau (serving the 'Lonsdale Road' bus stops, close to the south side of Hammersmith Bridge) and Church Road, starting and finishing at the 'Barnes Pond' bus stops in Church Road. It continues to run as previously between Richmond and Lonsdale Road (eastern end), except towards Barnes Pond it runs along Verdun Road (northern end) and Lonsdale Road, no longer serving Howsman Road and Kilmington Road in this direction.

Download a map of the 419 route (PDF)

Route 485

Route 485 starts and finishes in Castelnau ('Lonsdale Road' bus stops), close to the south side of Hammersmith Bridge, no longer serving Hammersmith Bridge Road or Hammersmith bus station. It continues to run as previously between Wandsworth and Castelnau, except bus stop R in Ram Street is no longer served.

Download a map of the 485 route (PDF)

Route 533

Route 533 is a new route between Hammersmith bus station, Mortlake and Barnes. It runs every 30 minutes along Hammersmith Bridge Road, Great West Road, the A316, Chiswick Bridge, Lower Richmond Road, Mortlake High Street (Barnes Bridge station), Lonsdale Road (eastbound only), Castelnau (southbound only), Church Road (Barnes Pond) (westbound only) and Barnes High Street (westbound only).

Download a map of the 533 route (PDF)

Route 378

Route 378 is a new route between Mortlake and Putney Bridge. Between Barnes Pond and Putney Bridge it runs along Station Road, Mill Hill Road, Lower Richmond Road and Putney Bridge, starting and finishing at the bus stops in Putney Bridge Approach, close to Putney Bridge station.

Download a map of the 378 route (PDF)

You can comment on changes to bus routes at: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/hammersmith-bridge/

Improved lighting

The walk across the bridge from Hammersmith Station to the bus stops in Castelnau (or vice versa) can be quite pleasant in the daytime, but at night it can be dark and, for some, a bit unnerving.

To address this, LBHF have installed lighting along the walkways on both sides of the bridge.

Electric buggy shuttle service

At a Q&A meeting held in Barnes on 19th July, Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham said that they are hoping to set up a shuttle service using electric buggies to transport people across the bridge. This would be a great help to those less able to make the 10 minute walk between the bus stop in Castelnau and Hammersmith Station.

They have faced problems in finding suitable vehicles, because these are in short supply. There aren't many in the country, the ones that are here are used heavily throughout the summer, and they are only manufactured by two firms in the UK.

In the meantime, an electric pedicab service run by the Barnes Community Association has been shuttling passengers between the Barnes side of the bridge and Hammersmith Station.

Emergency services

One worry has been that the lack of a route across the bridge, as well as increased congestion in the area, might prevent people from reaching hospital in an emergency.

LBHF are working to allow ambulances across the bridge again. They say that ambulances will be the first type of vehicle to be allowed over the bridge, once it can be opened to any motorised vehicles at all.

However, it is interested to note that the emergency services say they don't think response times have been affected by the closure of the bridge to traffic.

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