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As local bus services to be rejigged due to Hammersmith Bridge closure
Transport for London have announced that they are reorganising bus services in areas affected by the closure of Hammersmith Bridge.
The formalisation of the temporary changes made to routes in the wake of the unheralded shutting of the bridge has raised fears that the closure is going to be protracted. TfL are understood to have warned local residents’ groups that the bridge may not reopen for two or three years. Feedback is being requested from passengers on the changes is being held even though they will come into effect immediately and this runs until the middle of October. We have asked TfL if this implies they expect no reopening this year.
Bus services were immediately rerouted after the Grade II* listed Hammersmith Bridge was closed on safety grounds in April. Six bus routes have been changed and one new route is being introduced. The changes will be introduced on Saturday 18 May.
The bus route 609 between Hammersmith and Mortlake will not be restored.
Other routes affected are 33, 72, 419, 485 which will run on shortened or altered routes and TfL warn passenger will experience a change in their journeys and should check before they travel.
TfL say they are trying to manage the impact that the closure is having on the road network. It has already begun making changes to traffic signal timings in the area to help the flow of traffic and will continue to monitor the situation to determine whether further changes are required.
Geoff Hobbs, Director of Public Transport Service Planning at TfL, said: “We had to reshape bus services in the area as a result of the bridge closure, but now we are able to finesse our changes to reduce its impact on customers. We urge customers to check how their journeys may be affected by visiting our website.
“We are working closely with the council's specialist engineers to conclude the final plan, and finalise costs, for upgrading the bridge as soon as possible.”
May 17, 2019