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Hunt for pensioner who vanished after getting off a bus

A pensioner has vanished after getting off a bus in north west London. 73-year-old Gladstone Pusey has not been seen early Monday morning. He left home in Queen's Park, and was later seen on CCTV on a night bus in Willesden at around 5:40am. He has not gone missing before.

CCTV image of Gladstone Pusey Credit: Metropolitan Police

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Council: We would keep road open if we could

“These works are simply unavoidable and must be done now, to make sure the road surface holds up for the next decade. Of course, if there was any way we could keep the road open then we would.

“We are doing everything we can to keep disruption to residents to a minimum and we apologise for any temporary disruption this may cause.”

– Cllr Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler, Hammersmith & Fulham Council

Hammersmith Bridge closed for urgent repairs

Hammersmith Bridge is closed this weekend for the first of a series of weekend road closures over the next month.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council began urgent repair works to the bridge last week and plans to fully close the bridge in both directions for the weekends of February 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23.

Hammersmith Bridge
Advance warning and diversion signs are up on both sides of the river because of the Hammersmith Bridge closure. Credit: Alex Muller

The restrictions will be from 8am on Saturday to 5am on Monday.

A planned closure on February 1-2 has been cancelled.

The work also means that the bridge continues to be partially closed on weekdays until February 28.

The southbound lane over the bridge (A306) is closed between 7am and 3pm every Monday to Friday to allow essential repairs to the 126-year-old bridge’s wooden decking panels.

The work must be done to make sure that the bridge is fit to carry motorists and cyclists.

There are also several pot holes in the road which have been patched up temporarily and this will allow now be permanently repaired.

However, access is being maintained in both directions over the bridge for emergency vehicles and pedestrians, while the 72, 209 and 609 buses are still running via the bridge during the week.

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Residents 'back tunnel plan' for Hammersmith flyover

Residents have welcomed plans to replace the Hammersmith flyover with an underground tunnel, according to the Evening Standard.

Traffic jams on the Hammersmith flyover Credit: PA

The newspaper reported that the proposal could see a tunnel running beneath the existing A4 from the Hogarth roundabout to Earl’s Court with north-south links in a bid to ease congestion, reconnect the town centre with the river and regenerate the area.

However, residents urged caution against allowing developers free rein. Rosemary Pettit, chairwoman of the Hammersmith Society said: “It needs to be clear this is not a golden opportunity for developers to make hay at the expense of Hammersmith.”

Underground assault leaves victim with hearing loss

A Tube passenger temporarily lost his hearing after being assaulted at Hammersmith Underground station. The attack happened around 6:20pm on Wednesday, 4 September in the ticket hall. Police have released images of a man they want to speak to.

CCTV from Hammersmith London Underground station Credit: British Transport Police

Detective Constable Eloise Lock said: "The 43-year-old victim was queuing up behind a man at the ticket office. The man wasn’t paying attention, so when the window became free, the victim gently tapped him on the shoulder.

"The man reacted aggressively before hitting the victim around the left hand side of his face, causing him to fall to the floor."

CCTV from Hammersmith London Underground station Credit: British Transport Police

Anyone with information can call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016.

Closures to complete Hammersmith flyover repairs

The Hammersmith flyover will close some weekends next summer to finish off repair work. Before that, night-time lane closures will come into force next month for the final phase of maintenance work.

  • In December 2011 engineers found some steel cables had deteriorated due to corrosion caused by water seeping into the structure
  • That led to its initial temporary closure the same year and urgent strengthening work, allowing the flyover to fully reopen to traffic in May 2012
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