London’s beautiful and iconic Hammersmith Bridge has been closed off indefinitely.
It has been revealed in reports that the council were left with ‘no choice’ but to close the west London bridge after ‘critical faults’ were found in the structure. Photo’s published today in news reports show that the bridge is crumbling.
It is unknown when the Grade II-listed bridge will reopen to traffic, but it is still open to pedestrians as of today.
The local council wrote online: “Regrettably, we’ve now been left with no option but to close the bridge indefinitely until the refurbishment costs can be met. So we’re supporting TFL’s call for the government to invest in this vital river crossing and national monument – so we can get on with the work and reopen the bridge. Closing the bridge is not a decision we’ve taken lightly and we know it will inconvenience many people. We’re sorry for that disruption, but we must put the safety of the public first. When the bridge closure was first announced, Hammersmith and Fulham Council tweeted: We’ve had to urgently close Hammersmith Bridge to motorists because of safety concerns after our weekly checks revealed critical faults.
We’re sorry for the inconvenience but we must put the safety of the public first.”
Hammersmith bridge is 132 years old this year.