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Double deck solution to repair historic Hammersmith Bridge in London

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Hammersmith and Fulham Council have asked planners to approve the innovative crossing that is to be implemented over the existing bridge.

The council claim the proposal would save time and cut the cost of the overall project by up to £40million.

As previously announced, the construction costs and ongoing maintenance of the bridge will be funded by a toll or road service.

“Richmond Park residents have waited over two years for action to repair Hammersmith Bridge and I applaud the plan announced today,” said Sarah Olney, MP for Richmond Park.

“However, it is crucial that residents see the full disclosure of these proposals from the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, particularly in relation to this proposed toll,” she added.

The plan would allow motorists and pedestrians to cross the river while repairs are still being made.

Built in 1887, Hammersmith Bridge is one of the most expensive to repair due to its age.

Listed as a Historical Monument*, the structure is made of wood and wrought iron, with the suspension supported by cast iron bases.

The bridge is currently open to pedestrians and cyclists, as well as river traffic under the bridge, although it is still closed to all automobile traffic.

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The council claim the proposal would save time and cut the cost of the overall project by up to £40million.

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