“This bridge has been closed for years,” he mentioned. “I simply need to see it reopened correctly for site visitors, so I don’t need to at all times stroll throughout.”
Mr. Swaby, who’s initially from Jamaica, mentioned the warmth advisory hadn’t modified his plans for the day, and he wouldn’t be altering his routine on Tuesday, which is anticipated to be a number of levels hotter. The warmth didn’t trouble him, he mentioned, however the lack of respite from it in London might be a trigger for concern. In Jamaica, he would take a dip within the sea or a river.
“However right here, there’s nowhere to chill off,” he mentioned. “It’s so restricted, and it’s so packed, there’s simply a lot concrete within the metropolis.”
Ali Heydari, 75, and Soleh Heydari, 58, have been resting within the shade on the north facet of the bridge, consuming strawberries and sharing a big bottle of water. They mentioned that England’s lack of preparation for the warmth generally felt laughable.
The pair, who’re initially from Iran however who’ve lived in London for many years, mentioned the warmth didn’t trouble them whereas they have been exterior, however they have been avoiding buses and the Tube, the place the temperature may develop into insufferable. They most well-liked to stroll, even when that meant taking their possibilities on the corroded Hammersmith Bridge.
Nonetheless, Mr. Heydari mentioned he was annoyed with the native authorities for not doing extra to handle the problem of the bridge’s instability sooner.
“They only don’t need to spend cash to repair something,” Mr. Heydari mentioned.