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Old February 14th, 2012, 10:55 PM   #1
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Jubilee Footbridge | Chelsea & Battersea



Planning permission by end of April 2012...

http://www.one-worlddesign.co.uk/201...ee-footbridge/









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Old February 15th, 2012, 10:45 AM   #2
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Perfectly nice, but who would be paying for it?
The designs look like flames whereas I would have preferred upturned diamonds.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 11:43 PM   #3
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Who usually pays for bridges?
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Old February 16th, 2012, 01:30 AM   #4
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Whatever happened to swimming? :P
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Old February 16th, 2012, 01:48 AM   #5
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Looks nice enough. Where exactly would it be?
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Old February 16th, 2012, 02:20 PM   #6
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This video shows more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A76aN...ature=youtu.be

It would be on the extended (to the south) piers of the West London Line railway bridge.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 02:45 PM   #7
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That would be good - to allow south side access to Imperial Wharf station too. I always thought that should have been built over the river. Seems to be hugely popular regardless.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 04:08 PM   #8
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This video shows more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A76aN...ature=youtu.be

It would be on the extended (to the south) piers of the West London Line railway bridge.
Wouldn't it be considered a blot on the aesthetic of the Victorian WLL railway bridge?

If not it's a golden opportunity to widen the bridge to take 4 tracks or add an additional rail bridge.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 04:51 PM   #9
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What a shame the original Golden Jubilee bridge proposal never happened.



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Old February 18th, 2012, 05:55 PM   #10
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While the Cannon Street footbridge looks nice and looks like it would be reasonably cheap to build (no new piers required), I am not surprised it has not come to fruition as unlike the Millennium bridge it does not really link 2 major London attractions, In addition Southwark Bridge is only just over 100m away with London Bridge around 250m.

While the approaches on the south side are nice enough, the north side has a waste transfer station next door and a rather narrow approach down Cousin Lane.
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 10:50 PM   #11
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The site of the bridge was favoured by LB Wandsorth in their 2003 feasibility report. However, meetings with Network Rail have made it clear that a conection to the Victorian bridge is not structural feasible due to the condition of the bridge. We need to sit our new bridge about 6m away from the existing.

We have designed it to be as transparent as possile so that the old bridge is revealed through our new structure and the users of the new bridge will be able to view the railway bridge from close quartres as they cross. The existing bridge will remain in clear view to the west.

We have taken the scheme to this point without a client, with assistance and structural advice from Expedition Engineering and specialist marine engineers Beckett Rankine. We are now at a point however where there is substantial growing public and political support for this bridge and the stakes are being raised.

With regard to funding we aim to set up a ‘Diamond Jubilee footbridge delivery company’ and are looking for organisations and individuals to be part of the team and corporate sponsors. The new company would be not for profit and would be instigated to oversee the design development, funding and the appointment of a contractor. The new company will need to create a fund to cover any site investigations and consultancy fees.

There is an opportunity for high profile individuals to support the scheme either tacitly, in principle or financially. We have a meetings arranged with key local developers, corporations and donors who have an interest in the delivery of the bridge however the key to unlocking a concerted effort on their part appears to be the involvement of a figurehead.

To take this forward further we are aiming to have in place, prior to meeting in April with TfL both a well-known patron and a project champion, who can project manage day-to-day with sufficient enthusiasm and energy. The champion role would suit a retired professional whereas the figurehead (Patron) role could be fulfilled by a Lord, member of the royal family or someone who has significant success in London. Keep an eye out in the press for further details.
Interesting. Is the bridge in particularly poor condition? Has there been any interest in a more substantial scheme that would see the WLL bridge rebuilt/widened? Obviously many times more costly, but also potentially more grant-aided/investment-worthy and cost-effective in the long term.
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Old February 26th, 2012, 08:48 PM   #12
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Our understanding is that their upgrade works due to the Victorian bridge by Network Rail very soon. These are required as their is currently a speed limit of 30mph for trains and the 'overground' line is increasing its capacity by having 6 or 8 carraige trains rather than 4 carraiges as it does currently. Our understanding is that there are no plans or expected need for an increase in the number of tracks (the main line is a few miles to the east where the line goes between Clapham Junction and Victoria), although i am sure Network Rail will be able to give you further information.
Yes, the reference to extra tracks is in relation to freight carriage which I believe is quite extensive on the WLL line - one of the major routes connecting the mainline networks north and south of the river.
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Provision for such a bridge gets a mention in this Hammersmith & Fulham Council regeneration document: http://lbhf.gov.uk/Images/S%20FULHAM...m21-158926.pdf.

(Previously posted here in relation to the Lots Road Power station development.)
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Good. The Thames needs more bridges.
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Old September 14th, 2012, 05:29 PM   #15
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Yes, the reference to extra tracks is in relation to freight carriage which I believe is quite extensive on the WLL line - one of the major routes connecting the mainline networks north and south of the river.
The WLL is a two-track railway throughout except at Olympia where there is a loop for Northbound trains (there used to be loops on both sides). So four tracking this bridge would be pointless.

Even in the 1980s there was a 15 or 20mph speed restriction imposed for passenger trains, it was known to be in a fragile state even then.

IMHO a pedestrian bridge at this point would be well used and useful, and as 'Cle' points out, a good way to reach Imperial Wharf station from the South of the river.
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How many WLL tracks will there be at Olympia after the Earl's Court development? Just two?
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Old September 14th, 2012, 07:52 PM   #17
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How many WLL tracks will there be at Olympia after the Earl's Court development? Just two?
The Earls Court development is not affecting Olympia station at all, so the number a tracks though the station will remain the same.
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Old September 14th, 2012, 08:05 PM   #18
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I support the idea of a bridge, but i think a trip back to the drawing board is needed - horribly unnattractive (IMO) and would completely dominate the attractive railway bridge alongside.

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Old September 14th, 2012, 08:12 PM   #19
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The Earls Court development is not affecting Olympia station at all, so the number a tracks though the station will remain the same.
Sorry - I don't know why I said Olympia. I meant to ask how many existing through-tracks underneath the existing Earl's Court building, and how many there would be after redevelopment.
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Sorry - I don't know why I said Olympia. I meant to ask how many existing through-tracks underneath the existing Earl's Court building, and how many there would be after redevelopment.
There are only two tracks under Earls Court exhibition centre , but there is space for four or more. However a few hundred yards further is West Brompton station and the platforms there prohibit the ability to build more tracks, as do the expensive developments around Imperial Wharf. There is space between Olympia and Earls Court to have freight loops, but they wouldn't be long enough for larger freight trains to fit in.
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