Bridge to nowhere still closed

A new bridge linking local residents to Westfield is still closed months after it was completed.

The bridge, which runs over the A3220 linking the Edward Woods Estate in Shepherds Bush with Westfield and Wood Lane tube station, was finished in early spring, but the vital link between Hunt Close and Ariel Way has remained closed for months because of a row between Westfield and Transport for London over safety concerns at a pedestrian crossing.

As long as it remains closed, residents have to make a 25-minute detour or take a £2 bus ride simply to get to Wood Lane tube station and Westfield. LB Hammersmith & Fulham Councillor Lucy Ivimy said she would be calling on TfL and Westfield to resolve the problem as quickly as possible for the good of residents. She said: Safety is obviously the priority, but Im absolutely baffled that a bridge could be finished for so long and yet residents cannot use it.

The argument centres around the layout of a pedestrian crossing. The A3220 is a major road so it is the responsibility of TfL not Hammersmith & Fulham Council or H&F Homes. A TfL spokeswoman said: “We are working with Westfield to resolve an outstanding issue with the layout of the pedestrian crossing.

A Westfield spokeswoman said: The completion of the crossing is important to both us and our shoppers and we are working together to resolve any issues as soon as possible.

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