Published: 03/12/2021 By Allan Fuller
The meeting was chaired by Transport Minister Baroness Vere. Attendees included Project Director Dana Skelley and representatives from the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF), the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames (LBRuT), the Greater London Authority (GLA), Transport for London (TfL), Department for Transport (DfT) and the Port of London Authority (PLA).
The last meeting in September had concluded that there was insufficient data to make an informed decision but now it has been confirmed that the bridge will need to be closed often enough or for long enough for the ferry to remain a viable solution. What are described as ‘positive updates’ on the council’s plans for stabilisation.
A TfL spokesman said, “After a review into whether the proposed temporary ferry was still required, the Hammersmith bridge taskforce agreed that there is no longer a need for the service. “We will continue to work closely with the Government and the council to ensure people can continue to cross the river in Hammersmith.”
A spokeswoman for Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “The Hammersmith bridge taskforce agreed that there is no longer a need for a ferry service now that Hammersmith and Fulham has been able to re-open Hammersmith bridge to pedestrians, cyclists and river traffic.”
The stabilisation works are expected to be completed within 12 months although a funding package has yet to be agreed which would allow work to be done on the bridge to enable motorised traffic to use it again.