Decision details

Hammersmith Bridge – Essential Work Leading to Strengthening and Restoration Project

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Further work towards the Phase 2 full strengthening and restoration of the Bridge and its re-opening to motor vehicles is now required in line with the Strategic Transport aspirations of the DfT, TfL and the Council. These essential works required to move to the next stage are the removal of the two gas mains off the bridge and diversion on an alternative route, the planning application for the innovative truss option, and further development of the contract and procurement of the full restoration so it is ready to progress once the stabilisation work is completed. This will ensure that the future project to strengthen the Bridge can be undertaken with greater expediency, effectiveness, and minimisation of technical risks.
This report sets out the details of this work and proposals for the commencement of the work through preferred external technical experts and suppliers. This expenditure will be incorporated as part of the overall expenditure for the full restoration of the Bridge.

Once again it is proposed to fund these works in good faith and at risk in order to expedite the process in anticipation of DfT and TfL subsequently contributing their one-third shares.


1.         To approve a new capital budget of up to £5m in 2022/23, to be funded from borrowing (increase to the Capital Financing Requirement), pending confirmation of two thirds funding contributions from the Department for Transport (DfT) and Transport for London (TfL).


2.         To approve this budget to fund:


I.            a diversion of a Cadent gas mains off and away from the bridge.


II.         the progression and obtainment of a planning application for a potential temporary truss.


III.     the further progression of contract/procurement development for options for the full refurbishment of Hammersmith Bridge.


Report author: Ian Hawthorn

Publication date: 11/10/2022

Date of decision: 10/10/2022

Decided at meeting: 10/10/2022 - Cabinet

Effective from: 14/10/2022

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