In a written answer to a question from Labour Assembly Member Andrew Dismore, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London said “I understand that residents in the Pimlico area have concerns about the proposal and the impact it could have on the local area. No further work is being undertaken by TfL at this time and it is clear that any scheme requires support from all affected authorities.”
The bridge is proposed by Wandsworth Council and Churchill Labour Councillors have been putting forward their objections to the scheme and the views of local residents to both Wandsworth and Westminster Councils. Labour Councillors are continuing to work closely with local residents to oppose Wandsworth Council’s proposed Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge
Churchill Labour Councillors Murad Gassanly, Shamim Talukder and Jason Williams have welcomed the Mayor’s recognition of the concerns Pimlico residents feel about the bridge and welcome his commitment that any plans would have to have the support of all authorities.
“We call upon Wandsworth Council to stop the current project and genuinely engage with the local community. Wandsworth could have consulted and worked with local people but from their behaviour it’s obvious they’ve never really wanted to work with communities in Pimlico, but want to force through a bridge which will have a major impact on Pimlico without even genuinely consulting them first.”
Wandsworth Council’s proposals for a Nine Elms bridge
Question No: 2016/2112
Are you aware of the opposition to this proposal from the residents of Pimlico on the Westminster side of the river and their Councillors, who do not see any need for a bridge and see it as a highly expensive vanity project as Chelsea Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge are nearby, and two new tube stations are being built. Will you indicate to Wandsworth Council that this proposal does not have your support?
Written response from the Mayor
I understand that residents in the Pimlico area have concerns about the proposal and the impact it could have on the local area. No further work is being undertaken by TfL at this time and it is clear that any scheme requires support from all affected authorities.
A TfL study completed in 2013 found that a pedestrian and cyclist bridge connecting Pimlico and Nine Elms was feasible and could have a strong transport case, but significant environmental and planning issues would first need to be resolved if the bridge was to progress.