New bridges over Thames to transform riverside living in London

Proposed new pedestrian/cycle bridges across the Thames in central London will change the character of the riverside areas, as well as giving vital infrastructure to the city, it was claimed this week.

Wandsworth Council launched a competition for a new pedestrian/cycle bridge between Nine Elms and Pimlico

Wandsworth Council launched a competition for a new pedestrian/cycle bridge between Nine Elms and Pimlico Image by EG Focus / CC BY 2.0

While Transport for London (TfL) is bullish about the merits of the new crossings for the capital, local residents’ groups are worried that the erection of these bridges could seriously disrupt and distort the way of life in those areas.

After initial planning approval has been given for Garden Bridge between Temple and Waterloo, the next crossing, between Nine Elms and Pimlico, also would seem to have taken a step closer to reality.

One of the suggested design for Nine Elms - Pimlico bridge

One of the suggested design for Nine Elms - Pimlico bridge Image by EG Focus

Already several rival designs have been published before a shortlist of plans will be unveiled this summer. It is envisaged that building could start at Nine Elms in 2018, once agreement as to the exact location of the bridge was agreed.

The Evening Standard reports that the Garden is inspired by the High Line, which is an aerial park planted on a former railway track in New York.

The crossing will span the Thames between Temple and the Southbank Centre and will cost £170 million.

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