A Hammersmith Ferry Service Will Launch This Summer

By Lydia Manch Last edited 7 months ago
A Hammersmith Ferry Service Will Launch This Summer
Hammersmith Bridge. Photo by Peter H.

A Hammersmith ferry service is expected to be running from the end of the summer — run by Uber Boat, which is operated by Thames Clippers.

The public service will shuttle pedestrians and cyclists across the river while Hammersmith Bridge is being repaired. Two piers will be located near to Queen Caroline Street in Hammersmith and the Hammersmith Bridge approach in Barnes.

The ferry will carry at least 800 passengers per hour at peak times, with services running daily from 6am to 10pm. The service 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 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.

Image: TfL.

TfL has promised "a full programme of engagement with the local community and other river users ahead of any planning application being submitted". The project's met with some objections from residents — in part based on the proposed location for the ferry terminal and crossing, rather than the plan for a ferry itself.

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

The cost of repairing the Victoria Hammersmith Bridge is thought to cost around £141m-£163m, and it's unclear when it will fully reopen again.

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Last Updated 31 March 2021