Please find below an update I have received from TfL, following the structural report on Hammersmith Bridge.
My own view is that spending £120m on a bridge that can only support limited buses and takes three years to build can be improved upon and I will be asking for a more effective solution.
I will be meeting TFL on Friday and will provide a further update as soon as possible. I know that many residents will have comments, and I would be grateful if you could send them directly to Hammersmith and Fulham at email@example.com. Please feel free to copy me in.
Best wishes and thank you,
Member of Parliament for Richmond Park and North Kingston
Update from TfL 03/09/2019
“I’m writing to let you know that, following detailed investigations, we and Hammersmith & Fulham Council have agreed the works needed to repair Hammersmith Bridge. The first stage of the work has now begun.
The refurbishment is expected to take approximately three years. Once completed, it will enable cars and buses (including the heavier electric single-deckers) to cross the bridge. But to prevent future damage, we will continue to limit the flow of buses on and off the bridge.
We are continuing to work with H&F Council to explore the most appropriate funding for the next phase of construction, ahead of the planned award of a contract for the next stage of the works next spring. Both we and H&F Council are focused on getting the bridge reopened to cars and buses as quickly as possible.
Early stage estimates indicate the work could cost £120m, although as this is purely an early estimate, and includes a contingency due to the unknowns, complexities and challenges inherent in repairing such an aged, Historic England listed structure. Engineers will continue to refine this estimate as the project progresses.
We completely understand how disruptive the bridge’s closure is proving for people who live, work and travel in the area, and we will continue doing all we can to minimise the impact. We have changed traffic signals in the area to reduce the impact of the closure, and will continue to monitor how traffic responds.
We are also working up plans to enhance our Dial-a-Ride service to provide another option for people with impaired mobility whose journeys might have been affected by the closure
As you know, we have made a number of changes to the local bus network to improve links for affected customers. We have been seeking customer feedback on these changes and are now planning further changes in response to this feedback from Saturday 28 September 2019:
· Route 419 will be extended from Barnes to Roehampton, Bessborough Road. This will restore the direct link between the south end of Hammersmith Bridge and Roehampton Lane, including links to Queen Mary’s Hospital and Roehampton University. The route will no longer serve Church Road in Barnes, but customers travelling between Barnes Pond and the south end of Hammersmith Bridge can continue to use the recently-changed route 209.The frequency of route 419 will also be increased so that buses run every 12 minutes on Monday to Saturday and every 20 minutes on Sundays and all evenings.
· The additional buses we have been running on route 265 between Roehampton and Putney Bridge station will no longer run from Saturday 28 September. The main 265 service between Tolworth and Putney Bridge will continue as normal, with buses running up to every 12 minutes, supplemented between Roehampton and Barnes station by the newly-extended 419
I hope this information is useful and we will be happy to discuss in more details when we meet on Friday. Please get in touch if you have any questions in the meantime.”