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 Hammersmith & Fulham 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've collated the most common questions we've received into a single document - we hope they answer any outstanding queries.
Between 4 March and 5 April 2020, we gathered people's views about our plans for a temporary bridge. We have now published our report.
Among people responding to our questionnaire:
- 88% supported or strongly supported the scheme, although some respondents objected in principle to our proposals
- 95% agreed or strongly agreed that it is important to maintain walking and cycling at Hammersmith while the main bridge is being repaired
Before the coronavirus pandemic, our planned next step was to apply for planning permission to build the temporary bridge.
However, the pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on our finances. Both the repairs to the main bridge and building the temporary bridge now depend on additional funding from Government.
Also, the terms of any planning consent and the licenses required mean we would need full funding in place to repair Hammersmith Bridge before we could install a temporary bridge. This is to ensure the temporary bridge would only be there for a limited period.
Until we know the outcome of current negotiations with Government to fund TfL beyond 17 October 2020, we must pause the planning application for the temporary bridge.
As part of these negotiations, we will ask for the full funding needed to refurbish Hammersmith Bridge, including the temporary bridge, stabilisation works and main bridge strengthening works.