A public meeting to discuss a long-term replacement for Hammersmith Flyover will take place next month as engineering experts CH2M Hill Halcrow look set to help with the council’s feasibility study into the various tunnel options.
The meeting will look to test feelings about a tunnelled replacement, or ‘flyunder’, for the 50 year old flyover. The “Flyunder Summit” will take place at Hammersmith town hall on, October 9.
The decision to appoint Hammersmith-based multinational engineering firm CH2M Hill Halcrow to the feasibility study was taken this week. Halcrow are set to explore the ground conditions in the area as part of a ‘geo-technical study’ to feed into the council’s report.
Richard Sanderson, Director of Transport Planning at CH2M Hill Halcrow said: “We have been working with the group of local architects, West London Link, for over a year to develop options. Our team of transportation experts will continue to work closely with the local community as we move to the next stage.”
The council feel the flyover is ugly, although it has been described by architects as a ‘rather beautiful structure’. It certainly obstructs development, and provides a barrier to connections from Hammersmith Town Centre down to the river.
Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) Council backs the idea of a tunnel and has started work on a feasibility study, as part of its Get Moving campaign to improve the local transport network, to show how a flyunder might be paid for. The study is looking into how a tunnel would best improve traffic flow; reconnect the town centre with the river and improve air quality as well as investigating ways to pay for the tunnel, possibly by releasing highway land for development.
H&F Council Leader, Cllr Nicholas Botterill, said: “The Hammersmith Flyover is a hangover from another era that should never be repeated. This elevated monster has divided our town centre for decades – magnifying traffic noise and polluting our air in the process.”