Public fury as new bridge across the Thames announced at Nine Elms

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Public fury as new bridge across the Thames announced at Nine Elms
Public fury as new bridge across the Thames announced at Nine Elms
The winning design by Bystrup architects

Wandsworth council has unveiled the winning design for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge between Nine Elms and Pimlico in London – and the other side of the river really doesn’t want it

It takes two to tango, and two sides of a river to make a bridge. But in triumphantly unveiling the winning design for a new pedestrian and cycle crossing between Nine Elms and Pimlico in south London today, Wandsworth council has overlooked one tiny detail: the other side of the river really doesn’t want it.

“It’s nothing but a sales ploy to sell flats in the new Nine Elms developments,” says furious Pimlico resident Virginia Forbes, who has been rallying her neighbours to oppose the project since the competition entries were unveiled in February. “It is entirely for the benefit of the investors and developers, those that are trying to wash their money through the London property market. It will do nothing for Pimlico – apart from making it easier to walk to the new Waitrose.”

The arrival of a gleaming 18,000 sq ft Waitrose to the former industrial wasteland of Nine Elms is something Wandsworth has been keen to shout about. Indeed, it tops their list of the new bridge’s benefits, which will apparently cut journey times from the north bank to the supermarket down from 20 minutes to just three minutes. But the lure of an in-store sushi bar and “scan as you shop” service is clearly not enough to placate Westminster. […]

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