Jubilee Bridge approved

jubilee-bridge_nov 2013Plans have been approved for the first new Thames River crossing for more than a decade, linking Hammersmith & Fulham with Wandsworth.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s Planning Application Committee approved plans to build the new £22m foot and cycle bridge, dubbed the Diamond Jubilee Bridge.

Palace Investments hopes to create a 170m-long bridge connecting Imperial Wharf and Chelsea Harbour, from the spot where The Queen boarded the royal barge for the diamond jubilee flotilla last year, to Battersea on the south side of the Thames.

Cllr Nicholas Botterill, leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council, said: “The new bridge has the potential to give the south of our borough a real boost by improving the local economy, bringing jobs to the area and making transport links better and faster. We look forward to seeing this exciting idea becoming reality and with 1.2m trips expected across the new bridge a year, this will be beneficial for local residents as well as commuters and visitors who come through the borough.”

The scheme, designed by architect Chris Medland of local firm One-World Design was, in original plans, connected to the existing Grade II* listed Cremorne Railway Bridge – better known as Battersea Railway Bridge.

However, following objections from English Heritage, the scheme has been modified. Now the plan is for two new river piers to be erected so that the jubilee bridge would stand adjacent to the railway bridge, rather than be attached to it.

The bridge, made up of three spans with a design of three arches, will be built and maintained at no cost to the taxpayer and will be open 24-hours-a-day.

Wandsworth Council, the authority south of the river, approved plans for the bridge earlier this year and the Greater London Authority must give final consent but, if it goes through and funding is secured, it is hoped that construction could begin next winter.

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