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Planning Committee Submission



Added on: 23 February 2018 at 10:44:01

Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge

Response from the Planning Committee of the Battersea Society to a meeting held on 7 February 2018 


Introduction 


We welcomed the opportunity to hear more about the design of the bridge, to see examples of successful bridges in Copenhagen and to have an updated time line.  In these respects the meeting was worthwhile but other aspects seem not to have moved forward since the consultation in July 2017 and the sparsely attended workshop held in November that year. 


Given this, we are attaching our comments on the July consultation which remain relevant. 


We should like to be informed of all future workshops and briefing events. 


Location of Bridge 


We favour the most westerly of the bridge options.  This would link to the north with the 24 and 360 bus routes, to the buses to Sloane Square and beyond – and ideally to a pedestrian route through to Victoria station and other destinations.  It would have the benefit of linking to an unobstructed view of the Power Station from the north bank.


 


To the south it would link with the shops, offices, venues and housing of the Battersea Power Station complex, to the residents to the south of Nine Elms Lane and to the Northern Line Extension, Battersea Park Rail station and bus routes.  There are a number of schools nearby and a new school proposed. 


On both sides it would link to river bus services. 


This location would complement the configuration of Vauxhall Bridge to create a separate two-way cycle path.  This work has been carried out since TfL’s “Feasibility study summary report” dated December 2013 and we recommend that analysis of the benefits or problems these changes have brought about should be included in the feasibility work being undertaken. 


The environment for both cyclists and pedestrians along the Embankment requires upgrading to take advantage of the bridge. 


Design of Bridge 


This is attractive and the way it is designed to reduce the footprint on the banks and to allow step free access for cyclists and pedestrians is welcomed. 


While we would not want a larger and more obtrusive bridge we are concerned that 8m may not be sufficiently wide for two way traffic for both pedestrians and cyclists – four lanes in all. 


Shared Use 


Cycling was the focus of the workshop and several of the participants represented cyclists.  As a result the main benefit of the bridge appeared to be seen as adding to cycling routes across London.  The bridge would be easily walkable, possibly being shorter than both the Tate Modern and the Hungerford footbridges.  It is essential that pedestrians are welcomed and feel safe on the bridge, and that feasibility studies examine in detail the likely volume of pedestrians.


While we appreciate the fact that cycling lobbyists see the need to gain the support of pedestrians, this will best be done if the needs of pedestrians are clearly seen as equally valuable to those of cyclists. 


The need for a safe environment for pedestrians was rated more highly than that for cyclists in the responses to the July consultation.  At that consultation it was suggested the bridge would be a cycling ‘quietway’ yet much of what we saw showed traffic control measures designed to maintain a steady flow of quite large numbers of cyclists. 


We note that the Copenhagen Walking strategy which we were sent on requst notes the need for: 


Behavioural campaigns directed at avoiding conflicts between pedestrian and cyclists as well as cyclists and bus passengers.   (Copenhagen Walking Strategy July 2011) 

Anecdotally the use of ‘floating’ bus stops in Copenhagen is hazardous for pedestrians and concerns have been expressed about the introduction of these in Kennington and elsewhere in London.  


We would be interested in hearing the results of any behavioural campaigns in Copenhagen and elsewhere and to knowing if such campaigns are planned in London. 


Time Line 


We are pleased to hear that fresh feasibility and costing work is being undertaken but it is disappointing that this is unlikely to be finished until the autumn of 2018.  We don’t understand why this has had to be delayed during elections and the referendum but clearly this has been a factor in the delay since the work done in 2013. 


We note that the bridge is within the Mayor’s Draft Transport Strategy with completion targeted at between 2020 and 2030. 


We remain very supportive of the proposed Millennium Bridge at Cremorne and are pleased to see that completion there is proposed between 2017 and 2020. 


Click here to see response to July 2017 consultation