The Council reopened the bridge to foot, cycle and river traffic in July 2021 after safety engineers advised it was safe to do so. This followed detailed investigations and the addition of a temperature control system.
The bridge closed to motor traffic in 2019 and to all traffic in 2020 because of concerns about cracking in the infrastructure.
See the latest travel advice for Hammersmith Bridge.
Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce
The Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce was set up by the Department for Transport in September 2020 to work towards safely reopening the bridge to full use. The Taskforce is chaired by Baroness Vere and includes representatives from TfL, the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Network Rail, the Greater London Authority and the Port of London Authority.
Look under 'Announcements' on Baroness Vere's web page for notes from the latest Taskforce meeting.
In October 2020 we agreed a wider support package with Government which confirmed funding for a temporary ferry to help ensure there is a viable alternative if the bridge is unavailable.
In March 2021 we appointed Uber Boats by Thames Clippers to run the new service. Planning applications for the piers and associated operations were submitted to the London Borough of Richmond and London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham in June 2021.
- Find out more out on the Hammersmith Temporary Ferry page
Fixing the bridge - next steps
The Taskforce and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham are currently reviewing the options for how the bridge can be repaired.