The Government to fund either a new bridge or repairs for Hammersmith bridge

Hammersmith bridge is now shut to pedestrians as well as vehicles and cyclists it’s impacting on many lives. We need the government to step in a fix the bridge, or build a new one and we need a temporary one to allow pedestrians and cyclists to get across.

This petition closed on 2 Mar 2021 with 20,248 signatures


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Recent Documents related to The Government to fund either a new bridge or repairs for Hammersmith bridge

1. The Government to fund either a new bridge or repairs for Hammersmith bridge
26/08/2020 - Petitions

Found: Hammersmith bridge is now shut to pedestrians as well as vehicles and cyclists it’s impacting on many

2. Sally Williams - written evidence
15/05/2019 - Inquiry: Active travel - Transport Committee
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Found: universal mode of active travel is walking. It includes many people who may be unable to take part in other active

3. Review of The Highway Code to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders
28/07/2020 - Department for Transport
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Found: format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence. To view this licence, visit http://www

4. Cycling UK - written evidence
22/10/2018 - Inquiry: Local roads funding and governance - Transport Committee
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Found: and abilities.  It was previously known as the Cyclists’ Touring Club, or CTC, the national cycling charity

5. Cycling and walking plan for England
27/07/2020 - Department for Transport
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Found: ......................2Introduction: A case for Step Change ......................................

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Recent Speeches related to The Government to fund either a new bridge or repairs for Hammersmith bridge

1. Hammersmith Bridge
14/04/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: people in many other constituencies surrounding mine throughout south and west London. Hammersmith bridge - Speech Link
2: the upkeep of the bridge lies with Hammersmith and Fulham Council, which owns the bridge and has responsibility - Speech Link

2. Hammersmith Bridge
07/01/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: enormous financial burden either on the local authorities adjacent to the bridge or on Transport for London - Speech Link
2: or perhaps the skills, to repair the bridge on its own. As it is an asset that benefits a wider area - Speech Link
3: that I live only a few yards from the end of Hammersmith Bridge? During the election campaign, quite a number - Speech Link

3. Hammersmith Bridge
09/09/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: Majesty’s Government what financial support, if any, they are giving to the repair of Hammersmith Bridge. - Speech Link
2: sure. We in government and beyond—certainly residents on both sides—are keen to see the bridge open as soon - Speech Link
3: are taking nearly two hours to get to school. We urgently need a temporary solution. Regardless of the task - Speech Link

4. Petitions
03/11/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: of Richmond Park, for the restoration of Hammersmith Bridge. This has been discussed on a number of occasions - Speech Link
2: South West London and its closure to walkers, cyclists and boats since 13 August has caused major problems - Speech Link

5. Road Safety
05/11/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: way, of no less importance than the one that preceded it, and to many people around this country it is of - Speech Link
2: victims are horse riders, as they are throughout the New Forest often enough. Was not an opportunity missed - Speech Link
3: riding, I took up the challenge to get back on a horse this summer after many years of not riding and to experience - Speech Link

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Recent Questions related to The Government to fund either a new bridge or repairs for Hammersmith bridge
1. Hammersmith Bridge: Repairs and Maintenance
asked by: Sarah Olney
07/09/2020
... what his time frame is for responding to requests for Government funding to provide for a temporary bridge and repairs to Hammersmith bridge.

2. Hammersmith Bridge: Repairs and Maintenance
asked by: Fleur Anderson
05/02/2020
... what progress has been made on the assessment of the potential merits of funding options for the repair of Hammersmith Bridge.

3. Hammersmith Bridge: Repairs and Maintenance
asked by: Fleur Anderson
15/01/2021
... when he plans to fund the (a) restoration of Hammersmith suspension bridge and (b) construction of a temporary bridge at that location.

4. Hammersmith Bridge: Repairs and Maintenance
asked by: Baroness Randerson
22/09/2020
... about the funding for repairs to Hammersmith Bridge.

5. Hammersmith Bridge: Repairs and Maintenance
asked by: Sarah Olney
03/12/2020
... whether it is his policy that those works will commence in the week commencing 30 November 2020; and what source will be providing the funding for those works.

Latest Questions

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School children can’t get to their schools easily either side now, workers are unable to get across it’s an additional 30-60 mins on people’s journeys. The pollution and traffic has risen in barnes, putney and Fulham due to re routed traffic. Local businesses are going under as footfall has died. The hospital is no longer accessible in emergencies. The government needs to step in to support the local community and councils.


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Government Response

The Government wants to make sure that Londoners can move round the capital easily, on public transport, through active travel and on our roads.


As part of that, the Government wants to see Hammersmith Bridge opened as soon as safely possible, so that – at a minimum – people can cycle and walk across the river, and in time return the bridge to full use.

To help the responsible authorities, TfL and H&F council, find a speedy resolution to the situation, the Secretary of State established a taskforce to bring together the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, TfL and the Ports Authority to assess and progress next steps of the project. To aid the task force, the Department for Transport has appointed Dana Skelley OBE as Project Director, who as former principal engineer for London brings a breadth of experience to the work of the task force and will drive action. The Department has also commissioned its own engineering advice on the Bridge’s state of repair.

The Government continues to have discussions with stakeholders on all relevant matters concerning the bridge, including funding, recognising that the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is responsible for upkeep and maintenance of the Bridge. The Government and Taskforce continues to consider all interim measures, to ensure that Londoners are able to quickly and safely cross the river.

The Department continues to work with local groups and stakeholders to consider all options available to help deliver an immediate solution – including any temporary measures that can be brought in to help with local traffic.

Department for Transport

This is a revised response. The Petitions Committee requested a response which more directly addressed the request of the petition. You can find the original response towards the bottom of the petition page (https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/549607)