Wandsworth Common bridge replacement means diversion for walkers & cyclists

Published: Friday 6th January 17

Walkers and cyclists who regularly use the railway bridge that crosses Wandsworth Common are being reminded they will need to use an alternative route over the coming weeks while Network Rail engineers install a brand new bridge.

The well-used ‘Cat’s Back’ pedestrian bridge is now closed and is not scheduled to reopen until early next month.

Network Rail is completely replacing the bridge in a project expected to last around five weeks.

The operation requires part of the common to be used temporarily as a works site and also means that the many people who use the bridge as a convenient shortcut will need to find an alternative route. The nearest crossing over the railway tracks is in Bellevue Road.   

Cyclists who use the designated cycle path that leads to the bridge will need to find alternative routes. None of the other paths on the common are designated as cycle routes.

To find out more about the project and for progress updates people can contact Network Rail's customers services team on 03457 11 41 41 or via its online contact form.

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I'd just like to say that I have been very impressed by the work carried out on the Cats Back Bridge (Wandsworth Common). I walk there everyday with my dog and have found the work workmen very helpful and considerate, plus thought had obviously been put into the work to cause the least inconvenience to us regular users. Well done and thank you!
Kate Summers

3 February 2017

You could have made other parts of the park TEMPORARILY available for cyclists, so we don't have to fight for road space with lorries and buses. This shows the sort of intolerance completely out of touch with what is going on in London. If any cyclists get killed while being forced off the park, their blood is in your hands. It's only for a few weeks, for chrissake! Shame on you!

18 January 2017

Wouldn't it be great if we could build a green bridge over a much greater area, like a cut-and-cover tunnel? Thus reuniting the common. Perhaps with a few buildings on for small businesses to help pay for it. Funny to think of the opposition there would be if that railway were planned today! I'm glad it's there, but surely we can nab some of the space back...
Mr Simon Shields

6 January 2017