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.
TfL have made changes to the bus routes affected by the closure of the bridge.
A summary of changes to bus routes following the closure of Hammersmith Bridge to buses
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.
The N33 route, which runs between 1am and 5am, is diverted over Putney Bridge and doesn't serve Castelnau or Hammersmith Bridge Road.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
You can comment on changes to bus routes at: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/hammersmith-bridge/
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 new LED lighting, to illuminate the length of the bridge in an energy efficient way - although, the fact that the lights are on 24 hours a day doesn't seem all that energy efficient.
New LED lighting on Hammersmith Bridge
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.
Nevertheless, they hope to start the service in early or mid July.
UPDATE 29th July 2019: the Barnes Community Association report that their e-pedal taxi service is now up and running. Read more
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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