Hammersmith Bridge is to re-open to pedestrians, cyclists and river traffic on Saturday 17 July.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council Leader Stephen Cowan has announced the decision following a series of what he calls comprehensive safety investigations into the bridge and the successful introduction of an “innovative temperature control system” that helps prevent cracking in the 19th century cast iron pedestals.
The bridge has been shut to traffic for more than 18 months because structural surveys suggest it’s in “immediate danger” of collapse.
Cllr Cowan said: “I am very pleased to confirm the latest advice from safety engineers is that we can safely re-open Hammersmith Bridge. We have instructed the team to do that. It will open this weekend.
“I know how difficult the last eleven months have been for people, particularly children needing to cross the river to get to school and those who need to attend medical appointments or get to work.”
(Picture – London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham)