Hammersmith Ferry Crossing Plans Are Chugging Ahead (But Slowly)

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Hammersmith Ferry Crossing Plans Are Chugging Ahead (But Slowly)

Hammersmith Bridge. Photo by Peter H.

TfL are in the process of considering two proposals for a Hammersmith ferry service, to shuttle pedestrians and cyclists across the river while Hammersmith Bridge is being repaired.

The two proposals shortlisted are from City Cruises and Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, with the winning proposal to be announced in March — and an expected start date for the ferry service during this summer.

The bridge has been closed to motorised traffic for nearly two years, after critical faults in the cast iron structure were identified — and closed to all traffic, including pedestrians and cyclists, from August last year.

The service will be open to the public, and is expected to be particularly useful to local residents in Hammersmith and Barnes, who’ve been heavily impacted by the closure of the main direct route across the river for both neighbourhoods. The project’s met with some objections from residents, though — in part based on the proposed location for the ferry terminal and crossing, rather than the plan for a ferry itself.

Image: TfL.

Fares for the ferry trip would match bus fare prices — £1.55 at standard price, with a Hopper option and concession options available.  

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