Government cash injection welcomed amid renewed calls for Hammersmith Bridge to be reopened

Published: Thursday, March 24, 2022

Wandsworth Council’s transport spokesman John Locker has welcomed the announcement of a £3m Government cash injection to help secure bike and pedestrian access across Hammersmith Bridge - but has renewed his calls on Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Transport for London to undertake its full repair.

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Cllr Locker said: “This announcement by the secretary of state is of course welcome and it is great that Government money is to help secure access by pedestrians and cyclists, but the bridge needs to be reopened in full.

“The prolonged closure of this key river crossing has had a detrimental impact on residents and businesses in Putney who have borne the brunt of all the additional traffic Putney Bridge has had to cope with since the closure.

“Hammersmith Bridge is a strategic part on London’s transport infrastructure and it needs to be reopened in full to all types of traffic including buses as quickly as possible.”

Hammersmith Bridge was closed in April 2019. Since then neighbouring river crossings like Putney Bridge, Wandsworth Bridge and Chiswick Bridge have all have taken the brunt of the additional spillover traffic.