The 132-year-old bridge was closed on 10 April when safety sensors detected “critical faults”. TfL is appealing to the government for emergency funds.
Hammersmith and Fulham council, which owns the Grade II* listed bridge, said it would remain closed to cars and buses until funding could be secured for its long-term repair.
Pedestrians and cyclists can still use it but workers and residents fear the closure will cause massive disruption in the area.
Costs are estimated in excess of £40 million and the Labour council says it expects TfL to foot the entire bill.
Costs escalated after TfL said it wanted the repaired bridge to be strong enough to carry new double deckers. In November, it emerged that scheduled £11 million repair works set to begin this spring were being delayed due to structural complexities.
TfL, which is expected to make a £742 million loss this year, said it was looking to “support” the council but said it was not responsible for the bridge’s upkeep. TfL is now appealing to the government for emergency funds.
Sue Terpilowski, of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The issue of London’s infrastructure is now becoming an embarrassment. TfL and government need to work out a long-term financial package as soon as possible. London and its image is suffering.”
Edmund King, AA president, said: “We can’t afford to have Hammersmith Bridge closed ‘indefinitely’. It will cause major congestion and more emissions — ironically in the same week that the Ultra-Low Emission Zone kicked off.”
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