Hammersmith Bridge to be closed to vehicular traffic

Release Date: 31 January 2018

Richmond Council is giving residents and businesses advanced warning of the planned maintenance and investigation work on Hammersmith Bridge this February half term.

The work is being carried out by Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Transport for London (TfL) and bridge closures are scheduled to run as follows:

Daytime bridge closures:

  • Saturday 10 February, 8am to 6pm
  • Sunday 11 February, 8am to 6pm
  • Monday 12 February, 8am to 6pm

Daytime lane closures (northbound only – Richmond/Barnes towards Hammersmith):

  • Tuesday 13 February, 8am to 6pm
  • Wednesday 14 February, 8am to 6pm
  • Thursday 15 February, 8am to 6pm
  • Friday 16 February, 8am to 6pm

Full weekend bridge closure:

  • From 8am on Saturday 17 February to 6pm on Sunday 18 February

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 Streetscene, Cllr Peter Buckwell, said:

“We know that residents and businesses have already accommodated a number of these closures – and it is very frustrating. However, we do lobby Hammersmith and Fulham Council and TFL to ensure that if closures are necessary, they are delivered during school half-terms or holidays. Also, that residents and road users are given as much notice as possible.

“Furthermore, Council officers meet regularly with their counterparts from TfL and Hammersmith & Fulham Council on the planned bridge closures, representing the Borough at the working level.”

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 Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159. 

Reference: P052/18

Updated: 9 February 2018