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New Thames river crossing to be at Nine Elms

An international competition to design the first central London crossing of the river Thames since the Millennium Bridge in 2000 is to be launched in the autumn.

Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia said this week that the competition will be for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge at Nine Elms between Battersea and Vauxhall.

The project is thought to have a budget of around £30M, and is part of the multi-billion Nine Elms redevelopment which also features architect Kieran Timberlake’s new United States embassy.

There is some confusion about how the structure will be funded. Govindia indicated that the council could put up the money, but others expect the bulk of the funds to come from private sources.

Transport for London (TfL) is working up early studies for the project ahead of the competition. The bridge ran into public opposition when the idea was floated last summer. It is still unclear where the northern end of the structure will be located.

The new crossing would be an addition to planned improvements to transport infrastructure in the area, which are centred on a 3km extension of the Northern Line to Battersea featuring a station at Nine Elms.

This project received qualified approval following a public consultation, the results of which were published last week.

Around 1,800 people recorded their views online, with another 700 attending events along the proposed route. Of them, 48% thought the proposals were positive. A further 26% considered themselves neutral and the remaining 26% said they were against the extension.

TfL will now apply to go ahead with the project under a Transport and Works Act Order, to be submitted over the next two or three months. If planning permission is granted and funding can be secured, work is expected to begin in 2015.

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