Transport for London (TFL) is launching a consultation on a temporary cycling and walking bridge to enable people to cross the Thames by foot and on bikes while Hammersmith Bridge is closed for essential structural repairs.
The bridge is currently closed to motor vehicles and is currently only open to pedestrians and cyclists.
TfL is providing support to Hammersmith & Fulham Council with the repairs, but says: “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.”
It says that the proposed temporary bridge “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.”
It says that planning permission for the temporary bridge would be needed from both Richmond-upon-Thames and Hammersmith & Fulham councils.
TfL adds: “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.”
More details on the temporary bridge as well as a feedback form will be available on the TfL website from 14 March, with responses needed by 23:59 on 22 March.
Feedback can also be given by email to HammersmithBridge [at] tfl.gov.uk or in writing to Freepost, TfL Feedback (with no stamp required).
TfL is also holding public drop-in sessions at the following dates and venues:
Saturday 14 March 2020, 11.00 to 15.00, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith W6 9BN
Tuesday 17 March 2020, 18.00 to 21.00, Castelnau Community Centre, Barnes, SW13 9AQ.
Thursday 19 March 2020, 16.00 to 20.00, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith W6 9BN
Saturday 21 March 2020, 13.00 to 17.00, St Michael & All Angels, Barnes SW13 0NX.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.