TfL confirms bus passengers will not be left out of pocket during bridge repairs
Published: Wednesday 25th June 14
Transport chiefs at TfL have formally confirmed that bus passengers will not be left out of pocket when new travel arrangements come into effect this summer when essential repair work is carried out on Putney Bridge.
The bridge will close to all vehicle traffic, including buses, from Monday, July 14 for approximately three months. This is to allow for £1.5m worth of repairs to be completed to protect its internal structure from damage caused by water penetration.
For the duration of the works buses will be operating a shuttle service from both ends. This means that passengers will have to cross the bridge on foot and get on another bus to continue their journeys.
However Transport for London has confirmed it is putting arrangements in place to ensure that people only pay one fare for the two legs of their journey.
Passengers who either use a travelcard or a concessionary card like a Freedom Pass will be able to walk across the bridge and catch a bus as normal.
Anyone using Oyster pay-as-you-go or a contactless payment card will be able to obtain a ‘transfer voucher’ from the bus driver or a special ‘transfer card’ from dedicated members of staff. Passengers with these will not have to pay again when they embark on the second leg of their journeys.
Transfer cards and vouchers can be used in conjunction with an Oyster PAYG or Contactless payment card which has been validated within 60 minutes on a previous bus journey on routes 14, 22, 39, 74, 85, 93, 220, 265, 270, 424, 430, N22 and N74. Passengers who obtain a transfer card can use it throughout the closure and will not need to obtain a voucher from the driver on each occasion.
During the works, the frequency of the Route 72 between Roehampton and Hammersmith will be doubled from around seven to 15 buses an hour Monday to Saturday daytime and from five buses to ten every hour on Sunday daytime to provide extra services to this part of the borough.
Additional TfL staff will be available on both sides of the bridge to help direct passengers, issue “transfer cards” and answer any questions about local bus services.
Cyclists will be able to continue using the bridge, but they will need to dismount and wheel their bikes across. They will not be able to ride across the bridge.
Motorists will need to find alternative routes and are being urged to allow plenty of extra time for their journeys. Up-to-the-minute travel alerts will be available through the @tfltrafficnews twitter feed and on TfL’s website at www.tfl.gov.uk/trafficnews.
The repairs timetable has been drawn up to ensure that most of the works can be completed during the school summer holidays when traffic levels are at their lightest. It also means the bridge should reopen in plenty of time for the busy Christmas shopping period.
The July 14 start date was chosen so that the closure would not impact on the Wimbledon tennis championships nor on important weekend maintenance work being carried out to the District Line in June and July. The works have also been planned so that the Prudential RideLondon cycling event which is being staged on Sunday, August 10 can be accommodated.
The decision to close the bridge to all traffic – instead of a partial closure – was backed by a substantial majority of residents and businesses during the public consultation last year. The public’s preferred option was getting the job done in the shortest possible time and at the lowest cost to taxpayers.
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