Hammersmith Bridge is open again

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  • Note the thread title that skydancer gave to this. It is fundamentally mistaken to say that the bridge is currently 'closed'. I know it may seem like a silly little point that can be annoying when re-iterated, but the bridge still carries a lot of traffic, and there are currently no proposals at all to stop it carrying traffic. I know it's not an implication that either wildwest or PhilDAS intend, but the bridge is not 'closed'. Obviously, it's also slightly misleading, if in an educational and tongue-in-cheek way, to say that the bridge is now 'open' when it is filtered to exclude motor traffic, as skydancer does, but all things considered this is closer to the truth at the moment.

  • Plans that (fortunately) haven't worked out, but they're bound to keep wanting to restore the status quo for some time yet:

    Marine consulting engineers Beckett Rankine last week suggested a temporary bridge after the total cost of fixing the Grade II* listed, council-owned crossing was estimated at £120 million, with no obvious source of funds.

    Labour-run Hammersmith and Fulham today told the Standard that the Beckett Rankine proposal, involving sinking piles into the river bed and potentially having to purchase properties near the new route, was a non-starter.

    A spokesman said: “The expert advice is that this proposal is not feasible in the space available and at an affordable cost. We are therefore not pursuing this option. Work is already under way for the complete refurbishment of Hammersmith bridge.”


  • There is such a strange approach to this bridge filtering.

    Cyclists dismount signs on the North approach heading south since they've narrowed the road (seemingly to leave space for some bridge repair vehicles to park)

    H&F Person in hi viz these to ensure walkers and joggers don't go on the road but stick to the narrow pavements.

    So many cones everywhere. Another approach, some planters a few benches, would be so much more civilised

  • You do see far fewer mopeds head over the bridge since you have to dismount.

    Did see one moped rider take the brave steps and shook my head at him (very British), and he told me to ‘fuck off you twat’ (also very British), which was nice.

    It has made me want to practice Cx dismounts and mounts away from prying eyes to avoid stacking it in front of people.

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Hammersmith Bridge is open again

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