We are supporting Hammersmith & Fulham Council with the repairs. It's likely we will need to completely close the bridge to do this work as quickly and safely as possible. The Council has asked us to consider installing a temporary walking and cycling bridge to keep this essential link across the river open.
At the moment people are able to walk and cycle across Hammersmith Bridge, many of them heading to and from Tube and bus services at Hammersmith station.
See our travel advice for Hammersmith Bridge.
The temporary bridge we're proposing is a seven metre wide, prefabricated steel structure, supported by two piers in the river. The bridge would be step free, with a 5.5 metre-wide surface for people walking and cycling. Access would be by shallow ramps from Queen Caroline Street on the north bank and from close to the junction of Castelnau and Riverview Gardens on the south bank.
We will need planning permission from both Richmond and H&F Councils to build the temporary bridge.
We also want to ensure that areas around the landing points of the temporary bridge are fully restored for the benefit of the local community once all the main bridge repair works have been finished and the temporary bridge has been removed.
We know this proposal will attract a range of views - we want to understand these as soon as possible.
After we had to cancel all remaining public drop-in sessions (one session took place on 14 March 2020 at Riverside Studios) we hosted a public webinar to give people a further chance to view and discuss our proposals.
During the webinar on Thursday 2 April 2020, viewers were able to:
We are still keen to hear your views on our plans for a temporary bridge and will continue to engage with you about this scheme over the coming weeks.
Send us your feedback by 23:59 on Sunday 5 April 2020:
Let us know if you want a paper copy of the feedback form.