Have your say on the Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge proposal

Published: Thursday 29th June 17

Londoners are being invited to a series of public exhibitions showcasing early proposals for one of London’s first integrated pedestrian and cycle bridges, which could connect Pimlico and Nine Elms, Battersea.

The events will give local people and stakeholders a chance to explore and feedback on the project, as well as setting out the various different bridge landing point options on the southern and northern banks of the Thames. 

The exhibitions will also explain how the project’s feasibility and business case is being developed and updated, and will share some new analysis on the potential benefits the Bridge could offer in terms of enhancing London’s walking and cycling network, reducing residents’ exposure to harmful pollution and improving safety for those who want to travel on foot or by bike. 

The project team recognises the importance of support on both sides of the river and will be engaging directly with residents in Westminster, Lambeth and Wandsworth. The events will help the team better understand the views of local residents and businesses, so the scheme can be developed to address key local concerns. 

This project has been many years in the planning, is part of the Mayor’s London Plan and could close the biggest gap between existing river crossings in central London. It is included in the Mayor of London’s draft Transport Strategy (published in June) alongside other new river crossing now being developed as the city strives to enhance its transport network and protect Londoners from harmful air pollution.

This outline bridge design is also one of the most affordable crossings under consideration in London and comes with a £26 million private sector funding commitment. 

North Bank Exhibitions:

Friday 30th June, 2.30–6.30pm.  St Saviour’s Church Hall, St. George’s Square, Lupus St, SW1V 3QW.

Saturday 1st July, 10am–3pm.  Pimlico Academy, The Auditorium, Lupus St, Pimlico, SW1V 3AT.

South Bank Exhibitions:

Friday 7th July, 2–7pm & Saturday 8th July, 10am–3pm.  Park Court Clubroom (The Venue), Battersea Park Road, Doddington Estate, Battersea, SW11 4LD.

Copies of the flyer have been distributed to over 30,000 households and businesses across Wandsworth, Westminster and Lambeth.

Bystrup, working with London architects Robin Snell and Partners, Engineer COWI, and Consultants AECOM, were commissioned by Wandsworth Council following an international design competition to design a Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge, specifically to meet the needs of both pedestrians and cyclists. 

Robin Snell said:

“There seems to be an emerging understanding that the Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge Project is more than just a new bridge, but part of a serious solution to tackling London’s rapid expansion and the fundamental issue of providing a safer, less polluted and sustainable quietway system for London.”

For more information please visit www.nineelmspimlicobridge.co.uk or call 08081 645 340 or email consultation@nineelmspimlicobridge.co.uk.  For those unable to attend the exhibitions, all of the information will be presented on the website, as well as an online feedback form.

Images are available upon request.

Notes to editors

Both the Mayor of London’s London Plan and the Nine Elms, Vauxhall, Battersea Opportunity Area Planning Framework support a proposed bridge linking Nine Elms to Pimlico.

In 2013, Transport for London published a feasibility study confirming a pedestrian and cycle bridge could be built here.

In late 2014, Wandsworth Council launched a competition to find a professional team which could help develop a bridge design.

In November 2015, the Jury Panel selected by Wandsworth Council unanimously chose the design of a team led by Bystrup Architecture Design and Engineering. In total, the design competition attracted 74 entries.  

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Recent comments

Lovely quote from Robin Snell, however do let us know where this 'emerging understanding' is emerging from. Actually we already know - the developers. We in Pimlico are united against you taking our only public green spaces of Pimlico Gardens and St.George's Square, not to mention wiping out our local charity, Westminster Boating Base.
Virginia Forbes

19 July 2017

Is this council ignorant, or just stupid, first they wanted "Formula E" in Battersea Park, now they want a bridge!! Have they learned nothing, I guess not, so it will be up to the people to keep them in order, as they seem to be caught up in their own importance...............WBC, we the people are watching you, and we are not going to allow you to spend our money on anything that we do no think is appropriate!!
Barrie Evans

8 July 2017

This is a vanity project. It is 350 yards from the Vauxhall Bridge. It would save cyclists 1 minute and pedestrians 7 minutes. There is no demand from local people for a new Thames river crossing on the very good grounds that there is absolutely no need for it. The scarce public money should be spent on something else. If there is spare money with national and London level it should be spent on a crossing east of Tower Bridge.
Steve Pryle

8 July 2017

This is a vanity project. It is 350 yards from the Vauxhall Bridge. It would save cyclists 1 minute and pedestrians 7 minutes. There is no demand from local people for a new Thames river crossing on the very good grounds that there is absolutely no need for it. The scarce public money should be spent on something else. If there is spare money with national and London level it should be spent on a crossing east of Tower Bridge.
Steve Pryle

8 July 2017

£26 million private sector funding commitment - for a bridge purely for the use of freeloading cyclists. The money would be better spent in building a bridge strong enough to carry the huge HGVs now using our old and fragile bridges.
Liz D

8 July 2017

Could we have a design something like the Peace Bridge in Calgary, Canada (google it)? Would give some shelter from the wind and rain.
A

7 July 2017

Good idea and far more use than that 'garden' bridge proposed by Joanna Lumley.
John Hope

7 July 2017

A complete waste of taxpayers money! Far more important matters require attention, for example, bad road surfaces throughout the borough.
Raymond Tilstock

7 July 2017

I'm sure it will look nice. However, what we need are bridges with weather protection. It's pretty grim crossing London's bridges in early morning/evening/at night for 6 months of the year when it's dark, wet, windy and cold. How about a well lit glass tube with a coffee shop in the middle? That would be nice!
A

4 July 2017

Just two more comments. Chatting to architects at the Westminster exhibition, I was surprised to discover that the rather snazzy photos/designs of the proposed bridge are just imaginary. There is, as yet, no design or plan. Secondly, Nine Elms is very polluted. If cyclists or pedestrians wish to access the bridge, they would still have to cycle/walk through pollution to reach it. Or has the Council got some idea of creating some kind of cycle ring road. Could we just stop tinkering with everything, and spend the CIL money on something more inspirational? Green spaces or gardens for those that have none; play spaces for children; youth facilities; enlarging the existing health centre? That could truly be described as of community value.
susan lofthouse

4 July 2017

WBC, stop wasting money and spend it on something worthwhile. Considering the council has allowed developers to cut the amount of affordable housing from the initial agreement, how about spending it on social housing, youth projects, road repairs! No more vanity projects please, and stop misleading the good people of Battersea that you have the backing of the Mayor of London and the people of Pimlico, just be honest for once, if that is a word you understand!! I drive around London as part of my job, and since the introduction of the "Super Cycle Highway" it has slowed down traffic and increased pollution! Boris wasted enough money on his bridge, before it was cancelled by the Mayor of London, so let's not go that route!
Barrie Evans

1 July 2017

Once again our Tory Councillors are highly economical with the truth. The 'private money', £26m for this vanity project they hope will come from the Mayor of London's Community Infrastructure CIL levy on new development raised through a planning tax that goes into a public pot. They have to apply to tap this public fund for decent and justified infrastructure projects. To describe this as private money is disingenuous, tell the truth for once.
John Fox

1 July 2017

Why don't the council suggest replacing Hammersmith Bridge as the existing one is in need of extensive repair or needs replacing which would benefit a lot more people instead of wasting money on an ornamental bridge
Brian phillips

30 June 2017

We walk up and down Nine Elms Lane almost daily in order to reach to central London and it is not a healthy experience, since car emission levels are so high. We would strongly welcome this new connection between the North and the South of the river. The selected design is a masterpiece.
ROBIN JOHNSON

30 June 2017

It is claimed that there is a £26 million private sector funding commitment, which if true should be welcomed. But what is not stated is how much public money will be used to fund a bridge which will mainly benefit residents of the 9 Elms Development (in the US Embassy). There is little doubt that London would benefit from a greater number of bridges as the current ones are old, often width-restricted and clogged up with cars, heavy vehicles, motorbikes, pedestrians and cyclists (rarely a happy mix). But the location of these bridges and their funding needs to be well thought out. Can we rely on Wandsworth Council to make these right decisions? Their track record in recent years is not particularly encouraging. Hope I'm proven wrong.
Olivier Desbarres

30 June 2017

The diamond jubilee bridge near the Cremorne railway bridge enjoys a much greater level of support from both sides of the river, can be delivered on budget and is already consented. Why not building that one first?
Laurent Defraeye

30 June 2017

I absolutely support the new bridge as it is an strategic public transport for cyclists and pedestrians. It will cut down commuting time for many of us in the south of the river who commute by bike.
Stuart Frampton

30 June 2017

The ideal location for the bridge would be next to Elm Quay Court, as it is approximately in the middle of Vauxhall Bridge and Battersea Bridge; the distance between these two buildings is the largest of Central London so badly needed.
Alessandro Vangola

30 June 2017

THe proposed site is a disaster . There is an agreement between WBC and Riverside Court forbidding wheeled traffic along the river path outside Riverside Court . This will mean cycle traffic will have to be funnelled off or onto Nine Elms Lane direct from the southern end causing massive traffic jams. It cannot go along the river into central London . The site would be best further up river where the new developments will eventually be. No public money should be spent on it atall .
Patricia Calmels

30 June 2017

This is a great opportunity to improve connectivity between the North and South of the river; especially in an area that is currently growing.
Mark B.

30 June 2017

This makes it seem that Mayor Sadiq Khan is in favour of this plan. But as an article in the Architects Journal made clear, he has serious doubts. Furthermore, residents in Pimlico are strongly against it, too. Westminster Labour and Independent councillors Murad Gassanly, Shamim Talukder and Jason Williams for the Churchill area said: ’We call upon Wandsworth Council to stop the current project and genuinely engage with the local community. ’Wandsworth could have consulted and worked with local people but from their behaviour it’s obvious they’ve never really wanted to work with communities in Pimlico, but want to force through a bridge which will have a major impact on Pimlico without even genuinely consulting them first.’
susan lofthouse

29 June 2017

This proposal is a complete waste of public resources and is purely a vanity exercise that is unneeded and unwanted. All public expenditure should be focussed upon the removal of none fire resistant cladding on high rise buildings and any other installations using such materials. The rest should be spent upon the provision of social housing, either by building new or modernising the existing housing stock, and the provision of facilities for young people to exercise their minds and bodies.
Kenneth Jordan

29 June 2017

I am a cyclist. I don't think cyclists or TfL can have been consulted. The bridge is only conveniently placed for people in the new Battersea development. Otherwise Wandsworth residents will continue to cross at Chelsea and Vauxhall to get on the cycle superhighway. The design is poor for cyclists: the spiral is pretty and makes the bridge high enough to work for river traffic, but will slow me down. Why bother with a part-funded bridge that is not fit for purpose? I also find it hard to stomach that the council has allowed developers to about halve affordable homes to protect developers' profits, yet is proceeding with this ill-thought out frivolity. There is no feedback form on the bridge website.
Catherine Pettem

29 June 2017

A few words of support from one who believes this will bring extra relevance and life to the area. Any and all transport links, including this bridge, will benefit residents and businesses in the area. And there are, thankfully, many more residents and businesses now, given the level of attractive recent development. All the better given that it has private sector funding commitment. I'm excited to see this progress.
VS

29 June 2017

A complete waste of much needed money. We do not need any more of these vanity projects. Westminster residents are also up in arms about this,
susan lofthouse

29 June 2017