Labour councillors in Westminster have hit out at neighbouring Wandsworth Council for pressing ahead with its proposed pedestrian bridge over the River Thames
Wandsworth Council revealed last month that it was exploring the feasibility of different locations for the Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge, designed by Denmark’s Bystrup Architecture Design and Engineering.
But Westminster councillors Jason Williams and Shamim Talukder say the bridge is unlikely to go ahead, due to the level of opposition to it north of the river.
Talukder said: ‘Residents were surprised to hear that Wandsworth is still continuing to pour council tax payers’ money into funding a bridge to nowhere.
‘The mayor has already made it quite clear that the project can only go ahead with support in Westminster, which the project has not got.’
Bystrup will work on the proposals with Robin Snell and Partners, engineer COWI, and consultant AECOM.
Wandsworth said the team’s outline design concept could work at different locations indicated in an earlier study by Transport for London.
Lead designer Erik Bystrup said: ‘Our design concept is based on an elegant bridge that provides simple and uninhibited access for all, with minimal impact on each bank.
‘This will be one of the very first shared pedestrian and cycle bridges over the Thames, adding to the rich history of London’s river crossings.’
But councillor Williams criticised Wandsworth’s consultation process.
‘Tory councillors were promising residents there would be a public inquiry into the bridge, when this only really resulted in it being on the Environment Committee agenda in January 2016 – and no follow-up since,’ he said. ‘Pimlico doesn’t want this bridge at any location and we need firm action from the council, not more Tory spin.’
The councillors have written to Westminster Council leader Nickie Aiken to ask her what lobbying has been done to urge Wandsworth to drop the plan.