Hammersmith Bridge has finally reopened after five years – but only to cyclists.
Motorists are still forbidden from driving across the 137-year-old bridge over safety fears.
Works had to be paused on the bridge after a boat became stuck beneath it in December and damaged part of the gantry.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council were forced to close the bridge in 2019 after engineers found cracks in the pedestals.
The crossing deteriorated further during a heatwave in 2020, meaning it was written off for all users until July 2021 when pedestrians were allowed across.
Hammersmith and Fullham Council said: ‘Hammersmith Bridge – made out of wood and wrought iron with the suspension held in place by cast iron pedestals – is one of the world’s oldest suspension bridges.
‘That’s why, at £250m, it is also one of Britain’s most expensive and complex to repair.
‘Unfortunately, the Department for Transport (DfT) has delayed consideration of H&F’s business case for the full restoration of the bridge, which would allow full use by motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.’
In 2015 the bridge used to carry 22,000 cars and 1,800 buses everyday.
The DfT wants Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Transport for London to each pay a third of the repair costs, with the taxpayer funding the rest.
When it first closed repairs were estimated around £40 million.
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