Hammersmith ferry project abandoned

The Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce, responsible for the safe reopening of the bridge over the Thames in West London, has decided to cease work on introducing a ferry service.

Uber won the right to open the ferry eight months ago to provide a crossing while essential safety work was carried out on the bridge which reopened to pedestrians and cyclists in the summer.

In September, Taskforce members concluded that there was insufficient evidence upon which to make an informed decision about the future of the ferry. Since then, members say they have completed further work on the remaining options and reached a position where a “well-evidenced decision could be made”.

“In light of the available evidence, the decision has been taken to cease work on the ferry at this time,” a statement reads. “It is not currently anticipated that the bridge will need to be closed often enough or for long enough for the ferry to remain a viable solution.”

Dana Skelley, speaking on behalf of the Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce, said, “The strengthening works will enable the bridge to reopen to all users including motorists and the report indicates that the 2 engineering solutions under consideration by LBHF are viable solutions. Both seek to undertake the same physical engineering work, but the proposed method of delivery is different and therefore each has different advantages and disadvantages.

“The Taskforce noted the ongoing work to deliver the business case for the repair and restoration of Hammersmith Bridge, which is a requirement for any project that requires government funding. We look forward to LBHF completing its business casework and for works to commence to restore this historic bridge for full use.”

(Picture – London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham)

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