After the news that TfL are now dependent upon funding from the Department for Transport to repair Hammersmith Bridge, Richmond Park MP Sarah Olney is asking residents to share their views and experiences of life since the bridge has been closed to motor traffic.
She hopes that the results of the survey will show the impact the bridge closure has had on local people and strengthen the case for the funding to be made available, according to the MP’s press release.
The bridge was abruptly closed to motor traffic in April 2019 by Hammersmith & Fulham Council because the damage caused by the hundreds of daily journeys by heavy buses and other vehicular traffic made it unsafe. The bridge is currently open to pedestrians and cyclists who walk their bikes across.
The money required for the bridge repairs, estimated to be £40 million, still needs to be raised. At the moment, Hammersmith & Fulham Council is working with TfL to submit a bid to the government to fully fund the restoration of one of the capital’s most iconic river crossings.
TfL was carrying out a consultation on a temporary walking and cycling bridge between Hammersmith and Barnes whilst the bridge is undergoing repair works. This bridge would make it quicker to do the repairs since all foot and bicycle traffic would move off the bridge being repaired. The temporary bridge would also allow cyclists to cycle across, rather than walk their bikes. Most respondents supported the idea, but TfL has now paused the planning application for the temporary bridge until the funds for the whole repair are secured.
Sarah says, “The repair of Hammersmith Bridge as an important issue for many of my constituents. Up to its closure [to motor traffic] last year, it was a main connection between the north and south sides of the Thames and was used for tens of thousands of journeys every day.”
“I will do everything in my power to press the Government to provide this funding but to do this, I need the help of local residents. I want to hear about their experiences since the bridge has been closed and what they’d like the future of the historic and iconic Hammersmith Bridge to be.”
Residents can share their views by taking part in a short survey here.