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 Hammersmith Bridge is currently closed to all navigation. Details here.

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  • Hammersmith Bridge Vessel movements

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 10th September 2020

    Due to the emergency closure of Hammersmith Bridge a number of vessels are stuck on the “wrong” side of the bridge. On Friday 11 September and Saturday 12 September the PLA in conjunction with Hammersmith and Fulham Council are allowing these vessels to get to where they need to be. The timings, direction and number of vessels involved are below;

    Friday 0600-0730 Inbound 19 vessels

    Saturday 0600-0830 Outbound 31 vessels

    Note the allowed timing for both openings are 0600-1000 but the boats are expected to be clear of the bridge at the time shown.

    Clubs may wish to consider their outing times as High Water at hammersmith Bridge is 0836 on Friday and 0931 on Saturday.

    On Friday there will be barge movement from Fulham FC at 1530

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  • Hammersmith Bridge Closed until further notice

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 13th August 2020

    Hammersmith Bridge Closed to pedestrians and navigation until further noticeNotice posted here and more details here.

    PLA Notice to Mariners u10 of 2020 • British Rowing statement here


    Due to urgent safety concerns, Hammersmith & Fulham Council have closed Hammersmith Bridge to river traffic following expert technical advice.

    Hammersmith & Fulham Council have confirmed that there is significant risk to vessels and persons passing underneath the bridge. We regrettably advise navigation underneath Hammersmith Bridge is not permitted and an exclusion zone of 15 metres upriver and downriver of the bridge has been established.

    Arches closed to navigation will be marked in accordance with the Port of London Authority Thames Byelaws 2012 namely:

    • By day, three red discs 0.6 metres in diameter at the points of an equilateral triangle with the apex downwards and the base horizontal
    • By night, three red lights in similar positions to the discs displayed by day.

    The Bridge owners are working hard to minimise the duration of the closure and are considering several options. For any enquires regarding the Hammersmith Bridge works and this emergency closure, please contact Mr. Anvar Alizadeh, Highway Structures Manager at Hammersmith & Fulham Council on
    020 87533303

    A temporary navigation pattern has been put in place by the TRRC. See diagram below


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  • Reporting near misses

    Reporting near misses

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 16th July 2020

    This is for incidents with non rowing vessels. The PLA can only do something about it if you report it. Call London VTS on 0203 2607711 as soon as possible after the the incident occurs. Or you can also use the PLA App on your phone – scroll down to Incident Report.

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