Post by Roland Perry Post by Recliner Post by Roland Perry
"Roads minister Baroness Vere, who heads the task force, told
the meeting that a full repair of the bridge would take six and
a half years, more than twice as long as previously feared.
It also emerged that a ferry service to allow pedestrians to
cross the Thames will not start operating until the spring.
That's bad. Seems like it's another victim of TfL's parlous finances.
Thanks to Boris's mismanagement when mayor.
It's the direct result of shared responsibility for the maintainance of
the Bridge beween two or more differenty bodies. TFL and its predecessors
and the LB of Richmond or whoever, to name but two Who or what was
responsible for paying for repairs following the IRA bomb is another
matter. It really is as simple as that.
That and a general shortage of cash as a result of all political parties
pandering to tax averse supporters, sponsers, newspapers and electorates.
Any ferry was always going to be problematic owing to the tidal range
at Hammersmith bridge. However it could probably have been overcome with
innovative sloping gangways. Where is Norman Foster when we really
need him ?