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Search is on for Nine Elms bridge location

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Location options are being explored for the £40M Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge, a car-free crossing of the Thames in central London.

Wandsworth Council selected the design team, led by Bystrup Architecture Design & Engineering and including engineering firms Cowi and Aecom, in 2015 following an international competition.

The team will now re-examine a Transport for Lond (TfL) feasibility study from 2013 and select a location for the cycle and pedestrian bridge. It already has £26M of private funding from backers of the Nine Elms development – a major regeneration project including the Northern Line extension.

“Our design concept is based on an elegant bridge that provides simple and uninhibited access for all, with minimal impact on each bank. This will be one of the very first shared pedestrian and cycle bridges over the Thames, adding to the rich history of London’s river crossings,” said lead designer Erik Bystrup.

A new bridge linking Nine Elms to Pimlico was first proposed in 2003 to break the gap between Chelsea and Vauxhall bridges – the longest stretch of the Thames in central London without a crossing.

The plan has the support of Transport for London despite the design competition attracting a petition opposing the project.

Height constraints will be among engineering challenges for the bridge, which must be high enough for river vessels to pass under but not too steep for cyclists and pedestrians. The space available for construction on each side of the river is also constrained.

The results of the location study will be published later this year. 

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