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Hammersmith Bridge: Heritage structure at risk

Hammersmith Bridge


An iconic heritage structure, the bridge is at risk from disagreements over funding and climate change.

Hammersmith Bridge is one of the world’s oldest mechanical suspension bridges, open in 1887. It is a Grade II* listed structure made out of wood and wrought iron. Its 19th century suspension is held in place by cast iron pedestals.

The bridge was condemned as dangerous and closed last August. It is now open to pedestrians, cyclists and river traffic. The road is still closed to motor traffic.

Funding responsibilities are currently in dispute. The Department for Transport announced it is willing to pay a third of the cost of reopening the bridge. However, it expects Transport for London and Hammersmith & Fulham Council to also pay a third. The Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce are reviewing options to fund the bridge repairs.

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