The enforced closure of Hammersmith Bridge to motorised traffic
has seen an overall reduction of car journeys in West London. Some
traffic has been displaced from Hammersmith and Barnes to Fulham,
Putney, Chiswick and Mortlake; but much has 'evaporated'.
Reopening the bridge to cars would therefore be a) detrimental to public health; b) totally incompatible with LBHF's declaration of a climate emergency and its commitment to being a 'net zero carbon' borough by 2030; and c) destructive to the bridge - whose Victorian timber-and-iron structure is fundamentally not designed for constant motorised traffic - making future closures and expensive repairs inevitable.
Reducing car usage and increasing active travel (walking, cycling) to help create a cleaner, healthier London is now government and council policy: Hammersmith Bridge - whether it is fully repaired or not - can show the way.
N.B. 'Car free' does not mean closing the bridge to emergency vehicles or public transport (with disabled access).
This ePetition ran from 25/07/2020 to 23/10/2020 and has now finished.
107 people signed this ePetition.