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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

Revamped: how the Apollo looks now

The renovation of the Hammersmith Apollo was overseen by award-winning architects Foster Wilson - and the venue will reopen for the first time on Saturday 7th September.

There are new seats in the stalls, while the seats in the circle have been raised and re-upholstered. Credit: ITN
Original features have been restored, or replaced in keeping with the original designs. Credit: ITN
The building includes many Art Deco features. Credit: ITN
Ornate wooden carvings feature in the design. Credit: ITN
The architects have tried to match the original paint scheme. Credit: ITN
The venue has a new bar. Credit: ITN
The foyer has also been freshly painted. Credit: ITN


The glory days of the Apollo

The music and comedy venue now known as the Hammersmith Apollo originally opened in 1932 as the Gaumont Palace cinema.

It was designed in the Art Deco style by renowned theatre architect Robert Cromie - and is considered one of the UK's biggest and best-preserved Art Deco super cinemas.

The original exterior of the Gaumont Palace cinema. Credit: Hammersmith Apollo.
The Art Deco building was extremely grand and opulent. Credit: Hammersmith Apollo.
The renovation programme includes the restoration of the original floor mosaic panels in the foyer. Credit: Hammersmith Apollo.

Man jailed for string of burglaries on the elderly

John Connors
John Connors, 41, was sentenced for eleven offences Credit: Met Police

A man has been jailed for a string of burglaries targeting elderly and disabled victims, some as old as 92.

John Connors was sentenced to eight years in prison at Isleworth Crown Court. He was found guilty of eleven offences in total across the East Acton and Hammersmith areas.

Mr Connors would trick his way into his victims' homes pretending to be from the 'water board', then distract them while he stole valuables and cash. Many of his victims were pensioners aged over 75 suffering from physical disabilities, including blindness.

Detective Constable Andy Griffin said Connors was a "career criminal" who "preyed" on vulnerable victims.

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