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How can we prevent another Thames bridge procurement mess?

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Thanks for the Diamond Jubilee Bridge mention. Difficult to sum up 6 years pro-bono work in one sentence but is close enough. Below is some additional info: Planning & Business Case Summary •1924, Viscount Curzon MP calls formally for a bridge for pedestrian access situated between Wandsworth Bridge and Battersea Bridge; •A bridge, adjacent to the Cremorne rail bridge, is called for in 2009 in the Transport Committee’s review into the delivery of improvements to the orbital rail network. Specifically, linking Battersea to the Overground network at Imperial wharf (rather than a new station in Battersea); •The first Business case was produced by consultants appointed by the two borough councils in 2003; it was then updated in 2012 and the proposal was shown to have Benefit/Cost Ratio of 2.0:1, representing high value for money. The site is selected and established by both councils in these documents; •The bridge is adopted policy in both Hammersmith & Fulham and Wandsworth; •The bridge is part of the London Plan and is specifically called for in the Thames Strategy Policy Recommendation M7; •Hammersmith and Fulham’s South Fulham Riverside SPD calls for the delivery of the bridge; •Wandsworth councils Riverside SPD calls for the bridge and makes provision for funding contributions through CIL payments; •The Bridge is included in TfL’s ‘Connecting the Capital’ plan of December 2015; •The GLA have agreed a cross party motion of support for the bridge; •The bridge has planning consent and pre‐commencement condition 13 has been discharged (pile design); •TfL has completed their November 2016 cost analysis and business case, confirming the value for money and need for the bridge. It does qualify for TfL Funding, is in their plan, but the Mayors attention is Eastward. Construction & Cost Summary •Piles are already in the ground in Battersea (procured through a S106 agreement with housing developer Barratt London); •Once funded the bridge can be delivered within 18 months (N.B. This is seasonally dependent on river works to avoid fish spawning season); •It is envisaged that the next stage will be procured via an open Design and Build competitive tender process led by Wandsworth Council or other local authority of government agency; •The TfL cost plan shows the construction cost at £26m plus risk; •Wandsworth Council have around £10m assigned to the construction of the bridge in future CIL monies (development tax); •Wandsworth Council have agreed in principle to adopt the completed bridge in order to maintain it. •With the piles in Battersea complete and a certificate of Lawfulness issued the Bridge has started on site •Wandsworth Council are undertaking further work inc. boreholes, UXO surveys, Multibeam side scan surveys etc. to clear as far as possible the risk list. Environmental Summary (as ascertained by Wandsworth’s independent report) •This true infrastructure project will have over 1.5 million users per annum, furthermore, it will; •help air quality by shifting modes of transport from cars and busses; •ease congestion on local busses; •reduce overcrowding at Clapham Junction; •encourage more walking / cycling on local / commuter / business journeys; •save time on local and commuter journeys; •improve connectivity between existing public transport nodes by bus, rail and river. But that all aside, yes, it would happen a lot more quickly if a corporate sponsor came forward to assist with funding.

Posted date

12 May, 2017

Posted time

4:28 pm

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