Statement on Hammersmith Bridge
British Rowing recognises the need for the closure of the River Thames at Hammersmith Bridge given the very real safety concerns, however, we will be calling on the relevant stakeholders to find a safe resolution as quickly as possible
This morning, the Port of London Authority issued a Notice to Mariners closing the River Thames under the whole of Hammersmith Bridge and 15 metres to either side, following the closure of the bridge itself to all traffic including pedestrians and cyclists by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
We fully recognise the need for this closure given the very real safety concerns, however, we will be calling on the relevant stakeholders to find a safe resolution as quickly as possible. The closure of the river at Hammersmith Bridge splits one of the busiest stretches of river in the country for rowing. The Tideway stretch of river encompasses 75 clubs serving over 9,000 members. The closure of the river at Hammersmith also puts the running of a number of the major national head races in jeopardy. These races attract over 10,000 competitors to the London area from across the country and beyond each year.
In consultation with the Thames Regional Rowing Council, British Rowing will be communicating with the Hammersmith & Fulham Council to understand the situation further, to share our concerns about the impact a long-term closure of this stretch of the river will have on the sport of rowing locally and nationally and to see how we can help find a solution to opening up the water for our members.