Flyunder Research to be Discussed at Public Meeting
Local people invited to attend transport select committee
The draft findings of H & F Council’s investigation into options to bury Hammersmith Flyover are to be discussed at a public meeting next week.
The "flyunder" transport select committee takes place at Hammersmith Town Hall on Wednesday February 12 from 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Transport and engineering experts have been exploring various options for a tunnel replacement for Hammersmith’s ageing and divisive flyover. The probe has been exploring various tunnel lengths and possible starting and end points, and is measuring options against social, economic and environmental benefits.
The study will include feedback from local residents and is set to be finalised by March 2014 - when the study will be given to Transport for London (TfL) which owns and manages the A4. 89% of respondents to a council poll back some form of tunnel replacement.
The study aims to answer two main questions which are: could a tunnel be built and should a tunnel be built?
Cllr Nicholas Botterill, H&F Council Leader, says: " Residents’ views are vital on the question of whether we should build a tunnel and how bold we want to be. We have a range of options - from simply replacing the flyover to something far more ambitious, like a tunnel that potentially stretches from Chiswick to Earl’s Court, involving various north/south connector tunnels. All options are being explored."
Multinational engineering firm CH2M Hill Halcrow - one of the UK's largest infrastructure experts and builder of the Channel Tunnel - is exploring the ground conditions in the area to help answer the question: Could a tunnel be built?
Meanwhile TfL is continuing its works to repair the flyover with some overnight and partial closures of the flyover needed along as well as local road closures and diversions.
February 7, 2014