Frequently Asked Questions
Updated September 2021
What is the latest update?
On 1 June, the latest extraordinary TfL funding deal was announced, which set out an agreement that the Department for Transport (DfT), TfL and LBHF would work together to develop a memorandum of understanding in relation to funding the project. The DfT also outline its plan to split the restoration works into two seperate parts: stablisation and strengthening. Stablisation refers to the restoration of the Bridge such that it can re-open to pedestrians and cyclists, while strengthening refers to the work required such that motor traffic can once again cross.
Instead of fixing the old bridge, wouldn’t it be better, quicker and cheaper to replace it with a new bridge?
In September 2021 I met with Historic England to find out more about the Bridge’s Grade II* listed status. Overall I was reassured to hear that they have and continue to be constructive and collaborative partners in the pursuit of a long-term solution. While these are no doubt extraordinary circumstances and the Bridge is an aging structure, they are clear that from a technical standpoint, they have no reason to believe that it cannot take modern traffic patterns. Rather, it is a case of ensuring the Bridge is repaired in the correct way, technically-speaking, and that enough money is assigned to repair it. They also explained that on the question of destroying the Bridge and constructing a new one, the financial cost would be the same.
Can the army be drafted in to build an emergency bridge?
Richmond Council and I wrote to the Ministry of Defence, Royal Engineers and REME in September and we are yet to receive a response despite chasing for one. We can only assume they are leaving the project in the hands of the Department for Transport who have now set up a dedicated taskforce.
Where can I find the latest news from the Hammersmith Bridge taskforce?
You can find the latest news from the taskforce here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hammersmith-bridge-taskforce.
Are you a member of the taskforce and if not, who is representing the needs of Barnes and Sheen residents?
No Members of Parliament were invited to be part of the taskforce. Our representative in those forums is Councillor Gareth Roberts, Leader of the London Borough of Richmond. You can contact him via: email@example.com
When will a ferry service by operational?
TfL has announced that Uber Boat by Thames Clipper will run the ferry. The precise timeline for the service being operational is dependent on the necessary approvals being given by the consenting authorities such as London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, the Port of London Authority and the Marine Management Organisation.
Can we get better lighting through Dukes Meadow on the other side of Barnes Bridge?
What about improving cycling and pedestrian safety from Barnes to Putney Bridge?
Parkguard patrols on Hammersmith to Putney Thames towpath
Surface upgrades to towpath on Putney and Barnes sides of the bridge
There simply aren’t enough 533 services. What is TfL doing to increase the number? Or can they make them double-deckers to increase capacity?
Why can’t the 378 be diverted up Lonsdale Road and down Castelnau?
This would add a considerable extra length to the 378 and so require extra resources (additional buses and drivers) to run. It would also add a significant journey time for through passengers between Mortlake and Putney Bridge.
Why can’t the 22 route be extended to North Barnes?
This option has been looked at again by TfL and it is not practicable, even as a short-term measure. This is due to the extra buses and drivers needed and the additional length of time onto the bus route.
Could we have a dedicated school service from Chiswick Train Station?
This would be very difficult to operate and time, and TfL would not be able to justify more than a single vehicle which would be an infrequent service. They would recommend instead to go two stops to Kew Bridge from where there are two bus routes 267 and 391 giving a high frequency bus link to Hammersmith.
How can I feedback my views on the buses to TfL?
You can contact TfL directly via the following webpage: https://tfl.gov.uk/help-and-contact/contact-us-about-buses
What were the results of your recent Bridge Survey?
Thank you to everyone who completed my recent survey. Over 2300 residents from across the borough responded with nearly half (48%) coming from the significantly affected Barnes area.
Key findings from the survey showed that:
71% of respondents stated their lives had been negatively impacted by the bridge closure.
The main changes to people’s lives has been changes in travel routes (61% driving routes, 56% public transport routes) and where they shop (41%).
93% of respondents want some form of motorised transport over the bridge whether that be just buses or buses and cars. The need for motorised travel was driven by older respondents who may be less able to use forms of active travel
An overwhelming 88% of respondents believe the Government should fund the bridge repairs
What is this new proposal for a temporary deck above the bridge deck?
In November 2020 Hammersmith and Fulham unveiled a new plan, designed by Foster + Partners and COWI, to build a temporary deck above the existing deck, which would be used by pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles while the main deck in being repaired. This is an exciting proposal that would solve a number of problems. It could also be operational within one year of a contractor being appointed. In February 2021, Hammersmith and Fulham ordered a feasibility study into it, conducted jointly by Foster + Partners and COWI, which concluded that such a design was indeed feasible using the existing bridge foundations. For more informaton, visit: https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/articles/news/2021/03/study-double-decker-proposal-concludes-hammersmith-bridge-could-re-open-pedestrians-next-summer.