Chiswick Park, the business park which houses a workforce of some 8,000 people on the site opposite Gunnersbury tube station, has signed an agreement with the London Borough of Hounslow, the London Borough of Ealing, Network Rail and Transport for London to proceed with the development of a pedestrian bridge linking the Park to Chiswick Park station.
The 135m long footbridge will be constructed over the railway line, extending from the northern end of the business park, and will provide employees with direct access to Chiswick Park station. Residents have long campaigned for the bridge to ease congestion at Gunnersbury tube station, where locals often have to wait to get down to the platform, missing trains while the flood of incoming office workers comes out of the station.
Chiswick Park say that construction will begin in August 2017, with expected completion and opening taking place in December 2018. “The first phase of construction involves enabling and piling works, before the three connecting spans of the bridge, which will be constructed off-site, are transported to the site and lifted into place. Following the fitting of decking, lighting and infill panels, landscaping works will be undertaken on either side of the bridge to complete the works”.
Graham White, Chief Executive of Chiswick Park, said: “We’re pleased to have reached this agreement with the neighbouring councils, Transport for London and Network Rail. I’m sure the bridge will be welcomed by our guest companies on the park, and the wider community, by taking the pressure off the growing number of commuters using Gunnersbury station during busy periods, while significantly increasing the proximity of the shops, cafes and restaurants on the High Road to our guests on the Park.”
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment, transport and leisure at the London Borough of Ealing, said: “We welcome the construction of this new pedestrian bridge which will provide an easier and much shorter journey for people travelling to and from Chiswick Park Campus to Chiswick Park Station, as well as a direct link between the Colonial Drive development and Chiswick Park Campus.”