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Hungerford footbridge stalled again

LONDON'S NEW Hungerford footbridge across the Thames hit another hurdle this week when its Government-backed Transport & Works Act orders were held up.

Westminster City Council hoped to unveil final designs this week, but the delays in issuing the TWA orders has put progress back by at least a fortnight.

The bridge is already a year behind schedule following a lengthy row two years ago. This saw Westminster threaten to retender the design to reduce costs after a team from WSP and architect Lifshutz Davidson won a design competition for the new structure.

The council eventually backed down after the designers began legal proceedings to protect their copyright (NCE 25 September 1997).

'We want to be able to announce the construction timetable at the same time (as the designs) but until the TWA orders come through we cannot do that,' a Westminster spokesman said this week. Construction is expected to take two years.

Westminster is leading the alliance of four local authorities and other bodies to form the client, Cross River Partnership.

The £20M bridge is being jointly funded by CRP and the Millennium Commission.

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