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Temporary Hammersmith walking and cycling bridge planned

Categories: East Sheen News,News,Travel

TfL is carrying out a consultation on a temporary walking and cycling bridge between Hammersmith and Barnes whilst Hammersmith Bridge is undergoing repair works. Public drop-in exhibitions will be taking place, the first in Barnes is on 17 March, according to Richmond Council’s website. 

Richmond Council have reviewed proposals for a temporary traffic bridge and met directly with one of the proponents of this (Beckett Rankine). However, the concept has a considerable number of challenges and the council shares the view of both Hammersmith & Fulham Council, TfL and the Government, that this is unfeasible.

To date, the bridge has successfully stayed open to pedestrians and cyclists allowing vital access to transport links north of the river. However, allowing access does limit the pace at which restoration works can be done. To address this, TfL are proposing to install a temporary walking and cycling bridge.

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 and have a 5.5-metre-wide carriageway for pedestrians and cyclists. It would be accessed 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.

Richmond upon Thames, along with Hammersmith & Fulham Council, is a Planning Authority for the temporary bridge and will be jointly determining its approval – they expect to receive the planning application in April. Before then, TfL would like to gather your views on the proposal.

Further details about the proposed temporary bridge, along with a feedback form will be available from 14 March 2020 on the TfL website.

There will also be public drop-in exhibitions, where you can find out more:

  • Saturday 14 March, 11am to 3pm, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith W6 9BN
  • Tuesday 17 March, 6 to 9pm, Castelnau Community Centre, Barnes SW13 9AQ
  • Thursday 19 March, 4 to 8pm, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith W6 9BN
  • Saturday 21 March, 1 to 5pm, St Michael & All Angels, Barnes SW13 0NX

Views must be submitted by 11.59pm on 22 March 2020 via the online feedback form (from 14 March), email at or writing to: freepost, TfL Feedback (no stamp required).

Author: Bori Kiss

Bori has been a member of the ESV team for a few years now. She loves long walks in Richmond Park and coffee that's not too hot to drink.