"TfL will not be able to open the Hammersmith Flyover next week, as while the inspections will be concluded, the structural calculations will not be and we need to put strain gauges on the structure and also check the completed workings with our external expert. We are hopeful of some return to traffic by the beginning of the week after once these steps are completed, but will only be fully certain when that is done".
And they added, tellingly:
"We communicated this to H&F".
Meanwhile at the other extreme the BBC were breathlessly reporting earlier today that it is now likely that the flyover will be shut for the duration of January - but were then forced to publish a correction, the like of which I don't think I've seen from them before - look at the end of this article.
So cutting through the media & political spin the truth seems to be somewhere about the "wait and see" point - not as good as open by the 9th but not as bad as closed till Feb. We shall see.