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02/10/00
Now Fire Hits Hammersmith Bridge
- Another disaster delays re-opening

LONDON BRIDGE may not be falling down, but its comrade up the river is doing its best to disintegrate instead.

Hammersmith Bridge, closed for years due to huge structural problems, and then by the after effects of a terrorist bomb, has now been hit by a fire which has put its re-opening back by at least a month.

The crossing in west London was due to be back in business this week but a small blaze on one of the bridge's joints has caused damage to the extent that repair work will have to be done throughout this month and perhaps beyond.

"We were confident we would be able to re-open at the end of September but more recently we have said by the end of October. We are sticking to that," said Hammersmith Council's Peter Bishop, before adding the ominous words, "although it is weather-dependent."

Hammersmith Bridge connects Barnes in south west London with Hammersmith on the north bank. Its closure has meant a big increase in traffic on the south side of the river and a probable lessening of congestion in the north, leading some residents to suspect that Hammersmith Council is not pursuing its re-opening with the utmost vigour.




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