We understand the bridge closure poses unprecedented travel challenges to our community and we are still exploring all options, including whether there will be a temporary pedestrian bridge and the feasibility of a river taxi service.
Update as of Monday 14 September 2020
We are in regular conversation with Hammersmith and Fulham Council, TFL and now central government as well as working closely with a consortium of other affected local state and independent schools. We will continue to bring you updates as soon as we have them.
The school is providing a free shuttle bus services for pupils and staff from Barnes Station, East Putney Tube Station, Kew Gardens and Apollo Hammersmith. We continue to review these services on a regular basis in response to parent feedback. We need to allow enough time to ensure pupils are able to get to school on time given the heavy traffic in the local area. We are also providing a security officer for each stop during the morning and evening runs. The school also continues to work with our regular school bus provider to provide a bigger fleet on our standard routes.
Transport for London is increasing the number of buses on the 533 route by one bus per hour. They also hope to change this route to a double decker service shortly. The 209 service from Hammersmith has now been diverted into additional vehicles on the 378 route from Putney Bridge to Barnes and Lonsdale Road.
The Councils Highways and Project team have informed the school they intend to start repair works to the failed sections of Hammersmith Bridge at the beginning of September. Works will include a system to keep the bridges structure at the right temperature to mitigate further cracking and patch cracked areas with carbon fibre, a process used regularly in America on bridges of this type. We do not have a clear schedule of the programme but works are anticipated to continue until at least November. We will keep you informed of updates as we have them.