Hammersmith Bridge restoration works
On Monday 2 September 2019, Hammersmith & Fulham Council and Transport for London confirmed that works started on repairing Hammersmith Bridge.
Following a detailed investigation by a team of world-leading specialist engineers, TfL and H&F Council agreed on the future requirement of the bridge. Based on the engineer’s reports and the findings of a Comprehensive Structural Integrity Review, a repair plan has been drawn up and is ready for implementation, pending funding.
Financing the works
Early estimates indicated that the work could cost over £140 million. Over the last 18 months, TfL has made a series of bids to government for funding of the Hammersmith Bridge works which have all be rejected. On 24 August 2020, the Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Cllr Stephen Cowan and Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, sent a joint letter to the Prime Minister asking for the government’s financial support. For more information visit H&F Council website.
The Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce
Following the letter to the Prime Minister, on 9 September the Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps announced he was setting up a government taskforce, which would take over the project and work up solutions. Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, is a member of the taskforce alongside, the Leader of H&F Council, the Deputy London Mayor for Transport for London, the CEO of the Port of London Authority and respective officials. It is chaired by Baroness Vere of Norbiton who is a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport. The project director is Dana Skelley.
The taskforce is responsible for working towards the safe re-opening of the bridge and for the delivery of any temporary solutions for all types of traffic. TfL have been asked to manage the bridge works on behalf of H&F Council.
At a public event in October 2020, the Chair of the Taskforce said it would take approximately 6.5 years to fully restore the bridge, once the funding has been agreed.
Read Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce updates on GOV.UK.
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Updated: 23 December 2020