Hammersmith Bridge closed to traffic during half term

Release Date: 12 October 2017

Richmond Council is giving residents and businesses advance warning of the disruption planned maintenance work on the Hammersmith Bridge will cause to roads in Richmond during this half term holiday. 

The work is being carried out by Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Transport for London (TfL) and is scheduled to start on 5pm on Saturday 21 October until early morning on Sunday 29 October. The bridge will remain in use for pedestrians.

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. The current work is essential to ensure the bridge can continue to operate effectively until those major repairs can be carried out. 

Hammersmith and Fulham Council and TfL have apologised in advance for the noise and congestion this will cause to surrounding roads. Noisy / loud equipment will not be used after 8pm and the work will be carried out during the Half Term holiday to minimise the impact.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Streetscene, 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 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 the Half Term holiday to minimise disruption to the surrounding area.

“Hammersmith and Fulham Council and TfL have apologised in advance for the disruption this work will cause and are reassuring residents and businesses that loud equipment will not be used after 8pm.”

Notes for editors

Motorists will be diverted via Chiswick Bridge and Putney Bridge. Both footways will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists who will have to dismount to cross. Pedestrians and cyclists are being advised to take care whilst crossing the bridge as it will 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.

Commuters 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 scheduled for 2018. For more information on this project visit www.lbhf.gov.uk/hammersmithbridge

To comment on the repair works, contact Hammersmith and Fulham 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: P474/17

Updated: 31 October 2017