The MP for Richmond Park has urged constituents to back controversial Hammersmith Bridge planning applications. 

Sarah Olney has advised her constituents to lend their support to two Hammersmith Bridge planning applications so that a replacement ferry service can begin operation. 

The plea comes against a backdrop of growing opposition to the LBHF application from local residents who are against the pier’s proposed location.

For the ferry to commence promptly, two planning applications must be approved for landing piers on either side of the River.

The two applications are with Hammersmith & Fulham Council (LBHF) and Richmond Council (LBRUT).

Sarah, who is Liberal Democrat spokesperson for transport, said:

“As we all know, this ferry service has been plagued by challenges. For its start-date to be subject to no further delays, we need all consenting authorities to grant their approval.

 “I understand that some will have their objections to the ferry, but in the context of young children being unable to get to school in a safe and timely manner, and Barnes businesses struggling to remain profitable through a lack of footfall, I’m afraid it is a no brainer.

“I know TfL is working hard with Hammersmith residents to alleviate their concerns. I remain hopeful that these discussions will prove fruitful and that the application can be approved at the earliest possible opportunity.”