Statement from Hounslow Council on Hammersmith Bridge closure

The council is aware that the ongoing closure of Hammersmith Bridge is causing traffic disruption in the surrounding area.

Published: Thursday, 23rd May 2019

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Hammersmith Bridge, which is owned by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, is 132 years-old and is a highly complex structure. Transport for London (TfL) is working closely with Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s specialist engineers to conclude the final plan, and finalise costs, for upgrading the bridge as soon as possible.  In the meantime, TfL has made some changes to the local bus network to improve links for affected customers. They want to know how these changes are working for customers and have set up a website for  gathering feedback. You can find this at https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/hammersmith-bridge/ .   

Hounslow Council has been in regular contact with both TfL and Hammersmith and Fulham Council and has asked to be kept informed of any progress made towards resolving this issue. We are also monitoring the impact of the closure on bus journey times and will explore whether additional parking restrictions may be necessary to reduce delay. 

We would encourage people who are travelling through affected areas to do so by public transport or by bike or on foot if at all possible to try to reduce the volume of congestion in the area.  If areas are suffering from excessive engine idling as a result of congestion they can request some temporary no-idling signs by emailing traffic@hounslow.gov.uk.    

Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of the Council said:

“I understand and share residents’ frustration over the ongoing closure of Hammersmith Bridge.  Whilst the council has no direct power to fix this problem, we continue to pressure TfL and Hammersmith and Fulham council to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.  I am assured that a further statement on the matter will be made in the coming weeks."

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