Hammersmith Bridge closed to traffic indefinitely

11/04/2019
Dominic Browne

One of London's most beautiful landmarks the iconic Hammersmith Bridge, a 132-year-old Grade II listed structure, has had to be closed to traffic indefinitely after safety checks revealed critical faults.

The council laid the blame for the dire situation at the door of central government and funding cuts.

Major repair works are needed including strengthening work and a full resurfacing that will last years.

Around 20,000 vehicles were crossing the bridge every day. It had a 7.5 tonne weight restriction and an agreement with Transport for London that it would only run one bus in each direction at a time, with priority for single decker buses and emergency vehicles.

A fully tested plan to refurbish the bridge has been developed 'but due to government budget cuts, Transport for London (TfL) says it can no longer fund the planned refurbishment' the council said.

'It was never designed for modern traffic. Hundreds of daily journeys by heavy buses cause regular distress to the bridge. That’s why we agreed with TfL in 2015 that they would only run one bus in each direction at one time, while we developed a longer-term strengthening plan. But this damage has now reached a critical point,' the council said.

'Closing the bridge is not a decision we’ve taken lightly and we know it will inconvenience many people. We’re sorry for that disruption, but we must put the safety of the public first.'

Repairs timeline

  • (Date TBC) – Start of full refurbishment (long-term full closure)
  • Spring 2018 to March 2019 – Analysis of survey results and drawing up of draft designs
  • Christmas 2017 to spring 2018 – Detailed surveying (some closures/part-closures)
  • February and October 2017 – Interim repair works (week-long full closures)
  • Up to February 2017 – Regular monitoring and preliminary assessments
Highways jobs

Assistant Definitive Map Officer - Public Rights of Way

£25,481 - £27,041
Are you passionate and knowledgeable about Public Rights of Way (PROW)? Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Electrical Services Manager 63663 CESE

£42,720 to £46,635 per annum
An opportunity has arisen for an Electrical Services Manager within the Highway Services Team to help manage... Norwich, Norfolk
Recruiter: Norfolk County Council

Highways Major Projects Manager – Highways and Transportation

up to £57,376
As the Major Projects Manager, you will be responsible for managing and monitoring the the delivery of major capital schemes and for all aspects of... Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Waste Projects Assistant

£26,025 - £31,536 depending on skills
Are you keen to help reduce waste and improve recycling services for residents and businesses? London (Greater)
Recruiter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Senior Highways Engineer (Road Safety)

£45,859 - £50, 654
We are looking for an enthusiastic Senior Road Safety Engineer to manage the process of reducing road traffic collisions and casualties through the Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Recruiter: Milton Keynes Council

Adoptions Inspector

£27,614 to £30,602 per annum
City of York Council's busy highway adoptions team is looking to recruit an adoptions inspector to assess and inspect the standard of works York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Specialist Refuse Loader

£19,312 - £19,698
Specialist Refuse Loader Stakeford, Choppington
Recruiter: Northumberland County Council

Assistant Director Environment

£95,438
We are looking for a strategic and resilient leader to become our next Assistant Director of Environment here in Doncaster. Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Recruiter: Doncaster Council

Project Engineer – Scarborough or Whitby Area Office

£24,982 to £35,745
We have an exciting Project Engineer opportunity in our Scarborough or Whitby Highways Operational office. Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Ice Rink Manager

£29,724 - £32,757
We are looking for a friendly and approachable person to join our management team, who can... Chelmsford, Essex
Recruiter: Chelmsford City Council

Environment Improvement Officer

£24,982 - £27,041 per annum
For further information on the role please click. Telford, Shropshire
Recruiter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Assistant Director - Capital Projects, Building Services, Highways and Transport

£77,862 to £93,434 per annum
You will lead a diverse range of services and will be responsible for the delivery of an ambitious and varied Capital Programme of... Darlington, Durham
Recruiter: Darlington Borough Council

Senior Assistant Engineer (Network Management)

£32,234 to £34,728
There are 2 roles available and each role will be pivotal to the Council in delivering statutory duties which fall... Wirral, Merseyside
Recruiter: Wirral Borough Council

Team Leader (Network Development)

£37,890 to £40,876
Wirral is home to vibrant, energetic and engaged communities, people who... Wirral, Merseyside
Recruiter: Wirral Borough Council

Clerk of Works [JE1119]

£30,451 – £34,728
We are looking for a Clerk of Works to join our expanding team, supporting the Senior Engineers to deliver on... Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Recruiter: Milton Keynes Council

CPP Engineer

£19,698 to £35,745
We have developed a career progression pathway with four stages with a well-defined framework for... Cheshire
Recruiter: Wirral Borough Council

Senior HSEQ Advisor

£35,745
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join North Yorkshire County Council's Shared Health and Safety Service to... North Yorkshire
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Information and Monitoring Officer

£26,025 - £38,616 per annum depending on skills
Would you like a role in shaping the planning policies of Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth? London (Greater)
Recruiter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Senior Officer - Parking

£35,745 - £40,876 per annum
As a Senior Parking Officer (Parking Enforcement) you will be responsible for managing parking contracts relating to the issue of... Sandwell, West Midlands
Recruiter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Senior Traffic Engineer

£39,880 - £42,821 per annum
This is an exciting opportunity for someone with excellent experience in Traffic Management and Engineering, or related discipline, to... Pembroke, Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)
Recruiter: Pembrokeshire County Council

Highways Presents

Highways on Fridays

Register now!

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue

 

Highways England takes on tunnels

Also inside:

  • Legal analysis: What the Brexit trade agreement means for you
  • Maintenance: The heavy-duty kit making light work
View the latest issue

Latest Video