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The long-awaited Chiswick footbridge, which is intended to relieve congestion at Gunnersbury Tube Station, has finally been given the green light.

Chiswick Park has signed an agreement with Hounslow and Ealing Councils as well as Network Rail and Transport for London (TfL) to proceed with the development of a pedestrian bridge linking the Park to Chiswick Park station.

Construction will begin in August 2017, with expected completion and opening taking place in December 2018. It had originally been hoped the bridge would be ready this year.

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.

However those involved with the campaign to upgrade the facilities at Gunnersbury station, say that improvements are still needed there, particularly a new entrance. At the last meeting of the Gunnersbury Action Group, Hermes, owners of the Chiswick Tower which is above the tube station, indicated a reluctance to commit to funding a long-awaited extra exit to the station, as they have been given signals that their plans for a residential complex in the tower may not get approval from Hounslow Council planners.

The first phase of the bridge 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.

May 4, 2017

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