Transport for London’s (TfL) six-month emergency funding settlement agreement with Government means that it was able to tell its contractors, Kier Group, to start the first stage of works on Hammersmith Bridge at the beginning of December. From now until March 2021, TfL will carry out investigative work on the western side of the bridge to help engineers understand the overall condition of the bridge and identify any further cracking.
TfL has also prepared detailed plans for the next stage of works – stabilisation, which would allow the bridge to be re-opened to pedestrians, cyclists and river traffic. These works could start from the end of March 2021, but only if further funding is made available. At the same time, the Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce is reviewing the new proposal put forward by Hammersmith & Fulham and ‘Foster + Partners’ to understand its viability.