Revised plans for construction of the £175M Thames Garden Bridge have slashed the number of deliveries to be made by road and ensured a key part of the South Bank remains fully open to pedestrians through next summer.
Charity and project promoter the Garden Bridge Trust submitted the plans to Lambeth and Westminster councils as part of preparations for starting work on the controversial crossing early next year.
A joint venture of French firm Bouygues and Italian contractor Cimolai was selected in April as preferred bidder for the 6,000m2 river crossing between Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridges in central London.
The trust today said pre-construction work carried out by the joint venture had led to a revised programme that would cause less disruption to local people.
This will allow Queen’s Walk on London’s South Bank to remain “largely unaffected” until September 2016, rather than being narrowed in October this year as originally planned.
More than 2,200 planned road deliveries have been replaced by river journeys as all materials, plants and equipment for bridge works on the river platforms will now be delivered by water. Tilbury Docks will be used as a logistics hub for the project.
Garden Bridge Trust executive director Bee Emmott said: “We are delighted to work with Bouygues-Cimolai to deliver a plan that has carefully considered what the local residents and businesses want. These proposals will cause minimal disruption through the construction phase of the project.
“We will continue to work closely with the local communities to address any issues throughout construction and beyond.”
A major legal challenge to the construction of the controversial Thames Garden Bridge was settled earlier this summer.
The trust said £127M of the cost of the project had been raised.