Catsback Bridge (1)

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Catsback pedestrian bridge will be replaced in the new year but there will be no provision for cycling, despite the bridge's location on the quietway 4 route. As a result, cyclists will be put through the inconvenience of dismounting and the danger of re-routing onto nearby busy roads. Why will a new bridge be installed on a quietway when that bridge will not be made safe for cycling and walking? 


Answer for Catsback Bridge (1)

Answer for Catsback Bridge (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The work to replace the existing bridge was planned and agreed by Network Rail independently, before the development of the proposed Quietway. After learning of the planned bridge works, the London Borough of Wandsworth and TfL met with Network Rail in June 2015 to request that the replacement bridge offer a higher level of service to cyclists and pedestrians.

Network Rail wrote to the London Borough of Wandsworth in September 2015 and confirmed that they would not be able to provide a widened bridge. Whilst changes will be made to improve visibility at either end of the bridge the limited width will mean cyclists are still advised to dismount.

Routing cyclists via Catsback Bridge is still preferable to the nearby busy roads.