Putney bridge will be closed a week on Monday and road bosses are working to minimise disruption to bus passengers by providing a shuttle bus at both ends.

Passengers will have to cross the bridge on foot and climb on board another bus to continue their journey at the other end.

Transport for London (TfL) has set out plans to ensure bus passengers do not lose out or pay twice when their journeys are affected.

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 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.

The bridge will close to all vehicle traffic, including buses, from Monday, July 14 for about 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.



Transfer cards and vouchers can be used in conjunction with an Oyster pay-as-you-go 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 about 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 bus services.
 

Mike Weston, Director of London Buses, said: “During Wandsworth’s forthcoming works, we will be working hard to ensure that any bus passengers affected by the works can continue their journey in the quickest and easiest way possible. By providing these transfer tickets to users of Oyster and contactless pay-as-you-go, all passengers will only have to pay once to complete their journey.”


             The closure coincides with the 10-week, one-lane closure of Hammersmith flyover which began on May 30.