World-leading experts are working around the clock to restore Hammersmith Bridge to its grand Victorian splendour.

Built-in 1887, Hammersmith Bridge is one of the oldest bridges on the River Thames and one of the most complex to repair.

The experts are now working overnight and at weekends to finish the necessary stabilisation works as quickly as possible. The next critical work phase will be replacing the bridge’s corroded and seized bearings with new rubber bearings. This will be the final part of the stabilisation works, which we expect to be completed this summer.

Once the stabilisation works are completed, Hammersmith will resurface the bridge and fully re-open it to pedestrians and cyclists.

 Foster + Partners with COWI have been commissioned to prepare a planning application to install a temporary truss (effectively a temporary bridge).

The proposals will require planning permission and listed building consent from H&F and Richmond Upon Thames Council. If approved, the work is expected to be carried out by a third-party contractor chosen by H&F Council, and the current proposal will be a reference design.

The government has told Hammersmith & Fulham Council to pay an unprecedented 33 per cent of the repair bill, which would typically have been primarily settled by Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport (DfT). Hammersmith has clarified that they can only raise that amount via a road user charge or toll.


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