Chiswick Bridge - State of disrepair

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1625
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Can you update me about the current state of repair of Chiswick Bridge? In addition, can you respond to the following questions?

(a) What steps are you are taking to ensure the future integrity and safety of the bridge? (b) What is the timescale for repairs? (c) How will any planned repairs affect local traffic in the area?

Answer

Answer for Chiswick Bridge - State of disrepair

Answer for Chiswick Bridge - State of disrepair

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Chiswick Bridge is structurally sound and is in a 'fair' state of repair. Due to its unique architectural construction some components of the bridge do not meet certain current safety standards. The Portland stone balustrade and parapet do not meet current regulations for vehicle or pedestrian containment, so TfL is currently designing strengthening options for refurbishing the balusters in keeping with the heritage design, whilst providing the right level of containment. Associated repairs will be carried out to improve the condition from 'fair' to 'good'.

a) The design solution is at a concept stage, and is being reviewed with English Heritage and planning conservation officers.

b) Repairs to the structure are due to commence early in 2014; a detailed programme of construction is not yet available.

c) A key driver of the solution and objective of the contractor is to minimise the impact of construction and temporary works on the A316 and surrounding roads. Details of the method of working are at an early stage and will consider input from both Hounslow and Richmond amongst other key stakeholders.