Bridge at Nine Elms

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-11-22
Session date: 
November 22, 2018
Reference: 
2018/3252
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Wandsworth Council have again raised proposals for a bridge at Nine Elms, which if progressed would mean a major land grab on the Westminster side of the river, losing significant open space. What is your view of this scheme; and will you confirm that Transport for London will not make any contribution financially to the scheme?

Answer

Bridge at Nine Elms

Bridge at Nine Elms

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Borough of Wandsworth are leading on the project, and the scheme would have to be designed to ensure that it balances the needs and views of local people on both sides of the river, including securing planning permission from Westminster City Council.

 Over the last two years, Transport for London (TfL) has not spent any money on the development of this project. One member of staff in TfL’s City Planning team has provided limited technical assistance when requested by the borough, which is standard practice for borough-led schemes.

There is no provision in TfL’s business plan for expenditure on this project – nor do I anticipate that there will be going forward. Our focus is on new river crossings in the east of the city, including between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf, where the river is a significant barrier to those walking and cycling. West London is relatively well served by existing river crossings in comparison. In the proposed location of the Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge, Cycle Superhighway 8 runs across Chelsea Bridge to the west and Cycle Superhighway 5 provides a protected route across Vauxhall Bridge to the east.