Tuesday, 20 December 2016

An introduction to Radnor Bridge

The following is a useful quick overview of the Radnor Bridge idea and some of the conversations we have been having of late;

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Bridging the divide

The Radnor Bridge proposal continues to gather momentum. Perhaps encouraged in part by the planned redevelopment of the Ham Close area.

This much needed housing improvement will see the number of homes in that area grow from the current 192 housing units to a planned 425, in part through the development of new modern and better equipped six story buildings. In association with Richmond Housing Partnership (RHP) this development will form part of Richmond Council’s Uplift programme, which seeks to regenerate the areas of Whitton, Hampton North, Barnes, Mortlake, Ham and Hampton Hill.

The planning committee has promised to adhere to five key principles;
  1. Any resident of Ham Close wishing to remain in the community will be able to do so. 
  2. Retain and enhance green space. 
  3. Create a heart to Ham Close and Ham, retain and support a village feel. 
  4. Better integrate Ham Close. 
  5. Improve community facilities. For instance by co-locating the youth centre, clinic and library. 
Traffic and Transport is bound to be an important consideration for the development. And therefore, should the redevelopment go ahead, the developers have promised to bring about improvements to cycle routes as part of their plans.

Obviously Radnor Bridge should be considered essential to delivering this plan.

After all, it will provide the necessary strategic solution to serve at least four of the uplift zones (Whitton, Hampton North, Ham and Hampton Hill), while connecting two halves of the borough currently separated by the river. And it will help deliver on #2 and #4 of the key principles above as well as contribute much to the village requirements outlined in #2.

There is an alternative idea, called The Quiet Way, which proposes using the Teddington Lock bridge. Nothing new there then!

Radnor Bridge is the ‘big idea’ the borough needs to underpin all its plans for the future. This is essentially because only Radnor Bridge will deliver the improved cycling infrastructure the borough is crying out. And at the same time it will gift a powerful legacy to future generations.

The increasing population size and need for improved access that comes with this means the Borough can no longer ignore the Radnor Bridge proposal. It is the key to bridging the 'divide' between where we are and where we need to be.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Our vision evolves (part 3)

Richard, based in Ham, keeps being stopped for an update, so here is a bit more;

"The understanding of how the bridge will impact on both sides of the Thames is the next step. 

What is the ecological impact of the bridge and cycle route? 

How would it affect connections across the borough? 

Many intangible and complex questions are raised, but the importance is the vision evolves."

Our vision evolves (part 2)

Richard, based in Ham, keeps being stopped for an update, so here it is.

"With these images of the bridge and its connection to the wider landscape and urban fabric, Mark and I continue to evolve a realistic and sustainable proposal, which is now being treated with serious consideration." 

Our vision evolves (part 1)

Richard and Mark met up again the other day to discuss where we are with the Radnor Bridge campaign. Its been a quiet year, as you can see from the number of 2016 posts on this blog.

Next year (2017) the Footbridge conference we presented at previously is coming around again. It happens just once every three years and this time it will be held in Berlin. Should we attend we asked each other? And if so, what new news do we have to share? Can we pull together an abstract that will be just as interesting to the footbridge building community as we managed to do in 2013 for Footbridge 2014, which was held at Imperial College in London?

We're pretty sure we can, but will need to get our skates on....

Our angle will need to focus on what we've achieved in the last three years. Sometimes this feels like precious little. However, behind the scenes we have been speaking with local community supporters and also those less keen on seeing the bridge happen (for whatever reason).

Our Facebook group continues to grow in interest, entirely organically, despite us spending almost nothing on promotional activity - and everyone knows that without money Facebook provides little or no organic marketing these days. We're pretty much relying on 'word of mouth'. So please do help :)

After our meeting, Richard wrote the following;

"When Mark and I hooked up last week to view the latest visuals of the Radnor Bridge, we were both struck by the continued support being generated in the initiative, six years on from it’s launch at the Barefoot Consultation in July 2010. 

In the intervening years the need for the bridge has increased in line with the continued changes we faced in our respective communities east and west of the Thames. Access to open space for recreation and amenity use by Twickenham is colliding with the desperate need for Ham to connect into transport links. Recent intensification of land use in Ham and the evolution of the Ham Close housing initiative by the Richmond Housing Partnership presented last month has placed the need for viable transportation links into stark contrast as the existing road system slowly grinds to a halt. A cycle and footbridge crossing between Ham Lands and Twickenham's Radnor Gardens could not be in sharper focus this winter."