Six bus routes used Hammersmith Bridge before its closure. That’s a huge number of people whose daily lives have been disrupted by Hammermith & Fulham Council’s failure to monitor and manage the Bridge properly.
This Saturday, TfL are implementing permanent bus changes to the area. The details of all of these changes can be found here. You can also provide comment on the changes.
Some buses now simply stop either side of Hammersmith Bridge with people advised to walk over. Others are rerouted in ways which will be entirely irrelevant for many users. The bus traffic over Putney Bridge will increase dramatically with the frequency of the 265 increasing by 5 buses an hour in both directions and the 209 also rerouted to cross Putney Bridge.
When we condense traffic to a smaller number of major arteries, air pollution gets worse as traffic slows to crawling speed.
Publicly TfL and LBHF are cooperating closely to maintain that its not their fault that a bridge that they are responsible for has closed. Let us hope that they are co-operating, as closely, behind the scenes, to get it back open.