Barnes Bridge Walkway main section comes upriver from Tilbury Docks

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

Due to be installed at high tide on Sunday 24 July

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

The bridge span is due to leave Tilbury for Dukes Meadows at 2am on Saturday 23 July. It expected to arrive at Dukes Meadows at lunchtime that day, mooring at Chiswick Pier, ready to be installed around noon on Sunday 24 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

“A wonderful engineering triumph” – Cllr John Todd

Moxon Architects created the initial design of the bridge and engineering firm Cowi has taken the design forward alongside construction partners Knights Brown. The bridge span has been constructed off site at Sittingbourne.

The bridge is one of the lowest carbon and most environmentally conscious bridges in the UK, according to its designer.

Cllr John Todd, who has overseen the project on behalf of LB Hounslow told The Chiswick Calendar he was delighted that after four years’ work the project was coming to fruition.

“It’s a wonderful engineering triumph” he said.

Until now pedestrians have had to leave the towpath, cut in land and make quite a big detour to continue their journey on the towpath the other side of Barnes Railway Bridge. All this year engineers have been working on laying the foundations, a task which has taken longer than expected because of the shape of the riverbed.

Once the main span is in place there is still a couple of months’ more work to be done before the new walkway is completed and ready for use.

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See also: Preparations made to clear the way for building new footbridge

See also: Barnes Bridge Walkway delayed by a month

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