Barnes Bridge span journey upriver from Tilbury Docks delayed

Image above: Barnes Bridge Walkway main section being loaded at Tilbury Docks

Installation of Barnes Bridge walkway put off until Tuesday 26 July

The main span of the new bridge being built as a walkway to connect the towpath underneath Barnes Railway Bridge at Dukes Meadows has been loaded onto a pontoon at Tilbury docks, ready to be brought upstream to be installed.

It was to have been brought upstream at overnight on Friday 22 – Saturday 23 July but the journey has been delayed. The Chiswick Calendar understands the bridge section is stuck in Tilbury docks because of a problem with a dock gate.

An expert from the Netherlands has been brought in to fix it and having missed its slot the pontoon is now not due to float its load upstream until Tuesday 26 July.

The plan is to float the structure in at high tide and then, as the tide recedes, the span will seat itself on its foundations.

This is what it will look like in situ.

Image above: Computer generated image of what the new footbridge underneath Barnes railway bridge will look like; Moxon Architects

The bridge is one of the lowest carbon and most environmentally conscious bridges in the UK, according to its designer and it has taken four years’ planning to get to this stage. Installation is due to be completed by the autumn.

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See also: Barnes Bridge Walkway main section comes upriver from Tilbury Docks

See also: Pedestrian walkway opened under arch at Kew Bridge

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