Once the resurfacing works are completed, cyclists will no longer have to dismount from their bikes and use the separate footpath, allowing them to cross the bridge separately from pedestrians.

A temporary cycle lane was installed by Hammersmith and Fulham Council in February, which is set to be open until the stabilisation works resume next month.

The Bridge was shut in 2019 following the discovery of cracks in its pedestals.

Transport Secretary, Mark Harper, said:

“Today’s new funding is the latest example of the government’s ongoing commitment to support efforts to reopen Hammersmith Bridge.

Cyclists and pedestrians will be able to continue to use the bridge safely, with this latest funding from government another important step towards fully reopening the bridge for motorists and all Londoners as quickly as possible.

Of the nearly £13 million government investment provided so far, an initial £4 million went towards immediate mitigation works to the structure, which involved blast cleaning and inspections to the bridge’s pedestals, helping ensure there were no long-term risks to its reopening.

The department then provided £2.9 million to the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham to stabilise the bridge in 2022, with an additional £2.5 million invested in 2023 to inspect the structure.”