The Anonymous Widower

Improving Imperial Wharf Station

In the June 2016 Edition of Modern Railways, there was an article entitled Turning South London Orange.

One of the proposals is to create a walkway across Battersea Railway Bridge to give access to Imperial Wharf station from the South Bank of the River Thames.

This Google Map shows the station, the river and the South Bank.

ImperialWharfBridge

Just to look at this map, shows that the scheme has potential.

  • I estimate that the distance is probably about five hundred metres.
  • The walkway would also give access to the Thames Clippers at Chelsea Harbour Pier.
  • The walkway would give better walking routes in the area and across the river.

Unfortunately, the design of the station is possibly not one, that could accept passengers walking in and out at track level, so without a lot of work at the station, passengers might have to climb down and up to get between the walkway and the platforms.

Battersea Railway Bridge is also a Listed structure and it may be difficult to add a walkway.

These pictures show the station and the bridge.

However, it would appear that help is at hand. There are plans for a new footbride called the Diamond Jubilee Footbridge, which will be directly upstream of the railway bridge. This page from the Diamond Jubilee Footbridge web site has a picture and the reasons, why it should be built.

Incidentally, there used to be a Battersea station on the South bank of the River, in the area of Battersea High Street.

This Google Map shows the area.

The Location Of Battersea Station

The Location Of Battersea Station

Although, it looks like the station, which was destroyed in 1940s by German bombing, could be rebuilt, I feel that the Diamond Jubilee Footbridge, is a much better way to spend the money.

May 31, 2016 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , ,

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