Campaign Mounts For Battersea Footbridge Over River Thames

A freestanding structure upstream of Cremorne Rail Bridge is proposed by locals

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Will Battersea River Thames footbridge become a reality? London Assembly Member for Wandsworth Richard Tracey AM and Battersea MP Jane Ellison hope they are getting nearer to achieving a dream of their constituents.

Those who live around Battersea Square, as well as local businesses, such as the Hotel Rafayel by the river, have been campaigning for sometime for a foot and cycle bridge across the River Thames just upstream of Battersea Cremorne rail bridge which carries London Overground services and freight trains.

They have also won interest from Wandsworth Council which produced an engineering feasibility study in 2003. Richard Tracey previously talked to TfL and Network Rail about attaching such a bridge to Cremorne Bridge which is listed. After some study, Network Rail rejected this possibility. Now the owner of Hotel Rafayel in Falcon Road, Mr Iqbal Latif, has commissioned architects One-world Design, and engineers Expedition to study possibilities, and jointly they suggest a freestanding bridge on its own piers just upstream of Cremorne Bridge, linking Battersea and Battersea Square area with Imperial Wharf and Chelsea Harbour, and to equip it with lifts at each end to avoid extra land take on the riverbanks.

They are now researching further detailed costings, but believe these will be approx £20 million and are seeking sponsors. The campaigners are also in close touch with Wandsworth and Hammersmith and Fulham Councils. Richard Tracey says: "I have been asked to contact TfL Planning chiefs to ask for a meeting in the near future to discuss TfL and GLA thoughts about this interesting idea which would bring much economic and transport communications benefit to this part of west London and the River Thames. The entrepreneurs would like to think of the bridge as a Diamond Jubilee legacy marking the area where HM the Queen will start her Jubilee River Pageant. This is very exciting and we hope it can be achieved."

 

February 6, 2012