Published on : Friday, August 14, 2020
The Hammersmith bridge in West London has been fully closed until further notice following safety concerns after a fracture in the infrastructure has appeared to have been worsened by the ongoing heatwave gripping the United Kingdom.
The suspension bridge will remain shut until engineers confirm it is safe to reopen, as will pedestrian underpasses on both sides of the river. The boats will also be unable to pass underneath the green landmark, with council officials saying recent days of heat had exacerbated pre-existing damage to the bridge – which is usually crossed by 16,000 people daily.
The mayor of London’s walking and cycling tsar, , wrote on social media: “Hammersmith Bridge is closed to walking and cycling, including on the tow path underneath.
Will Norman said that safety is the top priority and theysupport Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s decision to close the bridge after inspections showed cracks in the structure have got worse, likely due to the extreme heat.
Cllr Alexander Ehmann, Chair of the Transport and Air Quality Services Committee for Richmond Council, said that they fully support the decision to close Hammersmith Bridge on safety measures. Safety must come first. Richmond Council believes that the safety of all residents must be our number one priority.