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Thames path to remain closed to runners and cyclists

The Thames river path will continue to be closed for cyclists and runners, 10am to 6pm, to enforce social distancing after the Easter bank holiday.

The measure was first introduced over the four-day holiday weekend in response to public health concerns about the risk to river path users.

The section of the Thames Path that runs adjacent to Bishops Park remains closed to cyclists at all times – with no running between 10am and 6pm.

Police, marshalls and residents have reported much improved social distancing, which has enhanced public safety, since the closure was introduced.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council, in coordination with the police, will now continue to implement the closure for cyclists and runners on the path from Chiswick Mall in the north of the borough to Putney Bridge in the south. The scheme will be kept under constant review during the current lockdown.

Walkers will still be able to use the river path at all times, and cyclists and runners asked to use the path only before 10am and after 6pm.

The queueing system which has been successfully in operation on  Hammersmith Bridge, to avoid people overtaking each other and to ensure the two metre rule, will also remain in place.

Cllr Wesley Harcourt, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “The measures introduced on the Thames river walk have made a significant difference and have proved popular with the vast majority of residents.

“We would like to thank residents for working together to ensure we can all enjoy our daily exercise in the safest possible way. Please Stay home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives.”