Hammersmith Bridge closed to vehicular traffic

Release Date: 20 December 2017

Richmond Council is giving residents and businesses advance warning of the disruption planned maintenance and investigation work on Hammersmith Bridge will cause to roads in Richmond between Christmas and New Year. 

The work is being carried out by Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Transport for London (TfL) and is scheduled to run from 8am to 6pm on Thursday 28 December 2017 and 8am to 6pm on Friday 29 December 2017.

Hammersmith Bridge is currently operating under severe weight restrictions with one bus permitted to travel in either direction at any one time. Hammersmith and Fulham Council and TfL are still finalising plans for major repairs to the bridge later in 2018. The current work is essential to ensure the bridge can continue to operate effectively and better inform the design of the final upgrade works.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council and TfL have apologised in advance for the noise and congestion this may cause to surrounding roads.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Street Scene, Cllr Peter Buckwell, said:

“Although Hammersmith Bridge is owned and operated by Hammersmith and Fulham CounciI, supported by TfL, the effect of any restrictions or closure is felt keenly by LBRUT residents. The current period of closures, leading up to major repairs in 2018, is very frustrating for all those affected. 

“I want to ensure that residents and businesses are given as much notice as possible of this essential maintenance work to Hammersmith Bridge. It will cause disruption to roads in Richmond but has been planned for between Christmas and New Year holidays to minimise disruption to residents and road users.

“Hammersmith and Fulham Council and TfL have apologised in advance for the disruption this work will cause.”

Notes for editors

Motorists will be diverted via Chiswick Bridge and Putney Bridge. One footway will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists, who will have to dismount to cross. Please take care when crossing as it may be busier than usual.

The following bus services will terminate before the bridge: 33, 209, 283, 419, 485. Passengers can walk across the bridge to resume their journeys. For those less mobile, the 72 bus service will be diverted via Chiswick.

You can get the latest bus information from TfL at www.tfl.gov.uk/buses, or follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.

The works are an interim measure to keep the bridge in use ahead of major repairs that are scheduled for 2018 - you can find out more about this project at www.lbhf.gov.uk/hammersmithbridge.

For any enquiries on the repair works, contact H&F Council’s transport team at bridgeproject@lbhf.gov.uk.

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Lyle Skipsey on 020 8487 5182.

Reference: P592/17

Updated: 29 December 2017