Images above: Barnes Bridge Walkway during its construction; a present from the birds perched on the railway bridge above
Pigeon poo spoiling bridge during final phase of works
The opening of the new pedestrian footbridge in Dukes Meadows has been pushed back to 13 January, as engineers and Council officials try and work out how to stop birds messing up the new walkway from Barnes Bridge by dropping excrement on it.
The walkway was due to open on Thursday 24 November. The Mayor of Hounslow was scheduled to be there to cut the ribbon and a band from Chiswick School were all set to perform live music. The bird problem is just one of several issues which have caused a delay, including unfinished handrails and the need to remove the access stairs leading to Barnes Bridge.
Knights Brown, the company in charge of the build, told The Chiswick Calendar there were still “some bits which need ironing out and sorting out” before the bridge could open fully to the public, one of them being that birds are perching on Barnes Railway Bridge and leaving their droppings on the walkway.
Knights Brown said had LB Hounslow opted to go ahead with this Thursday’s planned opening, if any other issues cropped up they would not have been able to address them because workers would not be here over the Christmas period.
January’s opening date will apparently give the contractors enough extra time to fix any problems they have identified and, they hope, any they have yet to identify. LB Hounslow told The Chiswick Calendar once the bridge is handed over to them in January, they will fix anti-bird netting to the location to prevent the pigeons nesting overhead prior the bridge opening.
Barnes Bridge Walkway is one of the lowest carbon and most environmentally conscious bridges in the UK according to its designers, Moxon Architects, who created the initial designs.
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