Eleven working days after Hammersmith bridge was made available to us by the security services, council officers, consultants and contractors were on site working to repair and reopen the structure as soon as practicable.
After the continuing attention of the mad, the bad and the media for so many years it was a little surprising under the circumstances for us to find professional criticism of repair delays in our own magazine (NCE 22 June), particularly the suggestion that the bridge would be open earlier if it was a rail crossing.
The Railtrack bridge structure on Hammersmith Road, which provides the main bus corridor at the east of the borough, has been closed to buses and vehicles over 3t for a week. The current programme for starting the repair could be two years.
Roger Khanna, bridgemaster, Hammersmith Bridge, Roger.Khanna@lbhf.gov.uk