Rt Hon Greg Hands MP for Chelsea and Fulham reporting back
Greg Hands in front of a C3 bus
July 25, 2023
I hope you are well!
I am very aware how concerning the full closure of Wandsworth Bridge will be for residents. Just in case you were not aware – Wandsworth Bridge will be fully closed for 10 weeks starting today, Monday 24 July.
On Tuesday 11 July, Transport for London (TfL) finally released information about changes to buses that usually cross over the bridge. However, do not hold your breath, as the 28, C3 and 295 will not cross the river.
Here is an overview of changes to the buses:
Full details are available on TfL’s website.
In short, TfL seem to advise walking or cycling to cross the river. Which is totally unacceptable for many - for example, those with reduced mobility, wheelchair-bound, young children or with heavy luggage.
The 10-week closure by Wandsworth Council will be a hammer blow to my constituents, who are already swamped with diverted and displaced traffic from the closure of Hammersmith Bridge and dealing with the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham’s controversial SW6 Traffic Scheme.
Now that we are faced with the closure of Wandsworth Bridge - it is a triple whammy of grief for my Fulham and Chelsea constituents.
I sprang into action on behalf of concerned residents when the bridge’s closure was announced. I wrote to Wandsworth Council about the closure and wrote to Transport for London (TfL) about the impact this closure will have on public transport, and specifically changes to bus routes. I also launched a petition to Save South Fulham Businesses. You can read more about my petition and sign it here.
I still await a response from Wandsworth Council. TfL responded and detailed that they would
communicate the bus plans to local stakeholders once they were finalised and would also inform the public of the necessary travel information in advance of the bridge closure by early July.
However, the information provided by TfL on 11 July, is just not good enough. Therefore, I have written again to TfL making the case for my constituents.
I will continue to follow developments closely and keep residents updated.
Thanks for taking the time to read this!
The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP
Member of Parliament for Chelsea and Fulham
You can follow Greg on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching for @GregHands
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