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An impact study of the closure of Hammersmith Bridge

Keane, Orla; (2001) An impact study of the closure of Hammersmith Bridge. Masters thesis (M.Phil), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This study highlights the impact that the closure, or more accurately the reallocation of road space over one of London's principal bridges had upon the local and wider areas. The study is set within the context of sustainable development, and more specifically sustainable transport, principally because it is argued that the reallocation of road space to favoured classes of traffic may present a means of reducing the use of, and reliance upon the private motor car. The case study employed was that of Hammersmith Bridge, South West London. The bridge is situated in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and provides a key link between areas North and South of the river. When the bridge closed (to private vehicles) in early 1997, without a great deal of advanced warning there was major concern expressed as to what the impact would be for both the immediate and wider areas. Pre closure 30,000 vehicles flowed across the bridge each day, however during the period of closure this was reduced to just 3,000. A key question was where would all this traffic go? This case study presented a rare opportunity to see what happens when the amount of road capacity available to private vehicles is reduced. This report considers a number of factors in an attempt to draw conclusions as to what the impact was. Specifically, data for the following was considered, vehicular flows across bridges and local roads, accident rates, bus services and air quality. These factors combined give a fairly good indication of what the impact of the closure of Hammersmith Bridge really was.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Qualification: M.Phil
Title: An impact study of the closure of Hammersmith Bridge
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10160315
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