Hampton Court Bridge, East Molesey – Improvement works

What are we doing?

We are installing raised kerbs and new bollards across the length of the bridge to separate pedestrian and vehicle traffic and protect the historic bridge.

The scheme is not affecting the Mole Bridge replacement which is currently overcoming some design difficulties, meaning the likely start will be early 2023.

Work details

  • Start date: 24 January 2022
  • Duration: Approximately three months. This may need to be extended to complete additional work to resolve unforeseen issues.
  • Working hours: 7.30am to 4.30pm weekdays and 8am to 4pm on Saturdays
  • Traffic management: Lane closures 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Latest Update 12 May

Works are still on track to finish on mid-May. Regarding working hours, we have tried to alleviate weekend traffic by not working on the weekends and opening up the carriageway lane to pedestrians. This means the signals at each end of the bridge are not in constant use and do not add to the congestion in the area.

Update 7 April

The completion date for these works has been delayed until mid-May. This delay has been caused by the waterproofing issues identified earlier in the scheme which have unfortunately been unrecoverable. The team were hoping to complete works on both sides of the bridge at the same time to minimise delays, however after detailed discussions, the decision was made that this solution would not be feasible.

Easter (15 to 18 April)

The team will not be working over the Easter weekend. This will allow greater numbers of pedestrians to cross the bridge safely in the closed lane to access events at Hampton Court Palace.

Frequently asked questions

Why are you doing this?

Works are required to prevent issues caused if an errant vehicle mounted the pavement. The measures will protect the bridge from potential structural damage and offers protection to the public in the event of vehicle attack by terrorists.

Is this likely to cause traffic disruption?

The lane closures required to provide a safe working area for the workforce, materials and equipment means that there will be some disruption.

How will you manage this disruption?

Appropriate traffic management will be in place to ensure that road users can safely travel past the works area. Advance warning signs and variable message boards will be used to inform members of the public of potential delays at locations where alternative routes may be used. We will also work with our contractor to minimise disruption wherever safe and practicable to do so.

Can pedestrians still use the bridge during the works?

Pedestrians will still be able to use the bridge, however they may be directed to use only one of the pavements whilst we work on the other side.

Why will it take three months?

With the bridge required to stay open to pedestrians and cyclists, we are limited to working on one pavement at a time. This has had the effect of increasing the amount of time required to complete the works.