Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader, Wandsworth Council
"A bridge specifically designed to carry high volumes of both cyclists and pedestrians will be a first for central London and poses a complex set of architectural, engineering and transport challenges. The design also has to win hearts and minds so form is just as important as function. This bridge will be a valuable additional to our transport network as well as a thing of beauty that is worthy of its location at the centre of a world city."
The bridge would close the biggest gap between existing river crossings in central London reducing journey times for pedestrians and cyclists.
London’s population is at an all-time high and growing, putting immense pressure on transport networks including the existing river crossings. The distance between Vauxhall Bridge and Chelsea Bridge is more than double the average gap between river crossings in Central London. TfL identified the need for a bridge and it is in the London Plan. TfL estimates 18,000 people would cross the bridge each day, easing the pressure on existing crossings and encouraging healthy, active transport choices.
The new north-south link would support the rapid economic and housing growth in Nine Elms and Vauxhall facilitating access to the new tube stations and town centres taking shape south of the river as well as new and existing parks and cultural attractions on both sides. This fast changing district will deliver 25,000 new jobs, 20,000 new homes and billions in GDP growth as a new commercial hub takes shape.
A number of location options along this stretch of the Thames are currently being explored.
TfL has established the need for a pedestrian and cycle only bridge in central London, promoting sustainable transport alternatives and reducing impacts on air quality.
As part of the next generation of new cycle and pedestrian bridges, including Jubilee Bridge and Rotherhithe Bridge, the Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge will:
Making a positive contribution to the urban landscape, designed to become a new landmark for the whole of London, encourage movement and legible, high quality, inclusive public spaces.
Led by Danish practice, Bystrup, the design team has developed proposals for one of London’s first integrated cycle and pedestrian bridges. The design team is exploring options such as textured surfaces and recessed lighting to guide walkers and cyclists. The bridge will be visible in views of the iconic Battersea Power Station and connect the historic architecture of Pimlico with the modern developments of Nine Elms – a simple solution for a new connection in an old city.
Continuing consultation from the design competition stage, communities and stakeholders will be consulted on the proposals throughout the design development process.
A range of technical and feasibility work is being undertaken by the Design Team to inform the evolution of the proposals with further public engagement planned for 2017. The design and consultation process will focus on delivering a bridge, which in form and in function, works for everyone.
£26 million of private sector funding is identified from the development of Nine Elms and further funding options will be explored in tandem with developing a detailed design
A world-class Design Team has been selected following an international competition to deliver the bridge. Transport for London (TfL) confirms a Cost Benefit Ratio of 2:1 – well above TfL and Department for Transport minimum value for money thresholds. There is the potential to attract significant revenue in naming and image rights.