December 23, 2011

Hammersmith flyover closed due to structural defect

A flyover which forms part of a key route out of west London has been shut due to a serious structural defect.
Transport for London (TfL) said the Hammersmith flyover, which carries traffic from the M4 and A4, would be shut until at least early January.
It was closed after engineers checking internal cables which help to hold the concrete structure in place noticed urgent repair work was needed.
Drivers have been urged to avoid the area and diversions are in place.
TfL said it was "urgently" examining local roadworks to see if they could be suspended to help minimise traffic disruption.
It said engineers and contractors, along with external experts in structural engineering, would be "working around the clock" over the Christmas and new year period to complete the assessment and decide what action needed to be taken.
Garrett Emmerson, TfL's chief operating officer for surface transport, said: "We are very sorry for the disruption this will cause drivers and we are doing everything we can to minimise traffic disruption."
He added: "In the meantime, drivers are strongly advised to avoid the area if they can or allow more time for their journeys."

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