The Anonymous Widower

A New Garden Bridge Proposed For London

This article on Ian Visits is entitled Plans Open A Disused Railway Bridge To Pedestrians.

This is the introductory paragraph.

A section of the Thames with few bridges could become a lot easier for pedestrians and cyclists to cross if plans to convert a disused railway bridge for pedestrian use go ahead.

The disused railway bridge to be used is the original 1849 Barnes Railway Bridge, which was closed to trains, when a new stronger bridge was built alongside in 1890.

This Google Map shows the two bridges.

Note.

  1. The railway tracks in the centre on the 1890 three-arch bridge.
  2. The Thames flows from South-West to North-East under the bridge.
  3. A walkway on the North-Eastern side of the is still in use.
  4. The original 1849 bridge is on the South-Western side of the bridge.

The pedestrian garden bridge will be built on the 1849 bridge, which will be refurbished.

This second Google Map shows the bridge and Barnes Bridge station.

Note.

  1. Barnes Bridge in the North-West corner of the map.
  2. Barnes Bridge station in the South-East corner of the map.

Part of the plan envisages connecting the South-Western platform to the pedestrian garden bridge.

It looks a plan with a lot of good possibilities.

The Project

It appears that Network Rail, the London Boroughs of Richmond and Hounslow are all supportive and Moxon Architects have been appointed to the project.

The project now appears to be called The View at Barnes Bridge and it has an impressive web site, with lots of information and pictures.

I have a few thoughts.

I Am Not Surprised That Network Rail Are Supportive

Network Rail must be pleased to be getting a Grade II Listed structure off their hands.

Could Barnes Bridge Station Be Made Step-Free?

I suspect that Moxon will produce designs for this and it will probably be a question of money, if they are implemented.

But as the garden bridge will attract more visitors, this will surely increase the need for full step-free access at Barnes Bridge station.

Could A Refurbished Bridge Carry Utilities?

I suspect that this will be looked at, as it could be a nice little earner.

Could This Project Be An Example Of a Levelling-Up Project?

In my travels around the UK and Europe, I’ve seen several disused railway bridges that could be reused as footbridges to provide walking and cycling.

Many are being converted, but this high-profile bridge could inspire architects to create other worthwhile bridges.

 

 

 

July 28, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Finsbury Circus Appears Fully Open

I bought my breakfast yesterday in Leon on Moorgate and ate it in the nearby Finsbury Circus Gardens.

It is now fully open.

This picture shows the gardens during the construction of Crossrail.

Note.

  1. The bandstand can be picked out amongst the trees.
  2. The shaft towards the bottom is forty metres deep and was used to get men and materials to the tunnels.

Comparing the pictures shows that the gardens are now able to used for their original purpose.

April 1, 2021 Posted by | Food, Transport/Travel, World | , , , | 2 Comments

MAHYTEC Creates World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Riding Lawnmower

I searched for hydrogen-powered lawnmower and found this page.

Surely ideal for the Prince of Wales to buy for Camilla, when she does the mowing at Highgrove.

But seriously, if you can make a hydrogen-powered ride-on mower, you can make any number of smaller horticultural and agricultural vehicles, that run on hydrogen.

How long before John Deere or one of the big Japanese manufacturers releases a hydrogen-powered lawnmower, that takes the large grass-cutting market by storm?

It won’t be just the grass, that is green!

I suspect a company like ITM Power will provide the operator with their own hydrogen generator.

I can envisage the farm of the future, having the following.

  • Hydrogen powered tractors, loaders and other powered machinery.
  • Hydrogen-powered Range-Rover to speed through the lanes.
  • Hydrogen-powered lawn mower to make the place look good.
  • Hydrogen-powered vehicles for road use.

All would be powered by the farm’s own hydrgen generator, which might use their own wind turbine.

February 28, 2020 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

A Garden Is Being Created Under London Bridge Station

I took these pictures as I walked in one of the tunnels under London Bridge station.

Somebody is doing a bit of garden creation.

 

 

August 17, 2019 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | Leave a comment

Square Comes Full Circle For Grosvenor Estate

The title of this post is the same as that of an article in the Business section of today’s copy of The Times.

It describes the history of Grosvenor Square and its relationship to the Grosvenor family.

There has been an American presence in the square since 1785, but with the moving of the American Embassy to Nine Elms earlier this year, the need for security measures has  decreased and control of the square has  returned to the Grosvenor Estate.

These are the last two paragraphs of the article.

After a public consultation, Grosvenor is seeking ideas from urban designers, architects and artists to “recreate a place fit for the 21st century”.

Craig McWilliam, chief executive, said that Grosvenor Britain and Ireland wanted to create “a haven where locals and visitors can enjoy the best of the city”.

Donald Trump has stated that moving to Nine Elms is crazy, but London will gain immensely from that move.

May 11, 2018 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Volunteers Transform Neglected Rail Station Gardens Into Welcoming Area

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article in the Westmoreland Gazette.

In my travels I come across many stations, where volunteers make a difference.

Kents Bank station can be added to that list.

Many more stations need volunteers to do some community gardening and other work.

April 24, 2018 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | 2 Comments

Improving The Wisley Interchange

It is probably nearly ten years since I drove through the Wisley interchange where the M25 and A3 meet.

The BBC this morning is discussing a proposal to improve this junction by taking some land from the RHS Wisley Garden.

This Google Map shows the area.

Note how close Wisley Garden is to the A3, which all proposals say should be widened from three lanes to four.

Two proposals have been put forward by Highways England.

This is Option 9, which is a four-level flyover.

And this is Option 14.

I suspect as far as Wisley Garden is concerned it’s a choice between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea!

Just out of curiosity, I looked up on the RHS Wisley Garden site, how I could get there easily by public transport.

Effectively, it means taking a train to Woking and a taxi!

Wisley Garden can’t have it both ways, as they encourage people to drive to the Garden and yet are objecting to widening of the A3.

A Wider Problem

Wisley Garden illustrates the wider problem, of how so many attractions are only easily accessible by car.

Some attractions like Brighton and Hove Albion’s new Falmer Stadium, have been built with decent public tyransport access, but others assume everybody comes by car.

Surely, in this age, where the environment matters, no development should be allowed without due consideration of well-thought out public transport.

 

August 25, 2017 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | 2 Comments

I’ve Now Got A Back Garden!

On BBC Breakfast this morning, the weather is coming from Woodberry Wetlands, which is London’s newest Nature Reserve, that opens to the public today, after being opened by Sir David Attenborough yesterday.

This Google Map shows the area.

Woodberry Wetlands

Woodberry Wetlands

One entrance is on the road between the two reservoirs and I think there is a second one by the Castle.

The Castle Climbing Centre

To get there, I just walk across the road by my house and get a 141 bus to the castle. It takes me about ten minutes.

How many readers of this blog realised that North London had such an impressive castle?

It was built to keep Tottenham and Arsenal supporters apart. Tottenham is to the North-East and Arsenal is to the South-West.

This morning, I visited Woodberry Wetlands.

I walked across from where the 141 bus dropped me by the Castle along the New River Walk.

It was crowded, as would be expected on the first day.

One thing that surprised me was that I saw a fox in broad daylight, strutting about as cool as you like.

I think it will turn out to be a popular attraction, but I think that transport bus, bicycle and walking access should be improved.

  • Probably the easiest way to go is to walk from Manor House station. Some signs showing the shortest walking route would help.
  • The maps on the web site need updating with buses from both entrances.
  • Bicycles were everywhere and there needs to be better storage.
  • A bus running between the reservoirs would certainly help.

It is the sort of attraction, that would benefit from some Boris bike stations.

  • Manor House station
  • Finsbury Park station
  • The Castle
  • The entrances to the attraction.

The first two would also serve Finsbury Park.

 

 

May 1, 2016 Posted by | World | , , , | 3 Comments

London Gets A New Garden

The British on the whole love their gardens and London’s new garden over Crossrail Place, the shopping centre on top of the Canary Wharf Crossrail station has now opened under its plastic roof.

It will be interesting to see how this station-cum-shopping centre develops. The cinema opens soon and there’s a floor and a half of shops at least to open before the station opens towards the end of the decade.

May 4, 2015 Posted by | Transport/Travel, World | , , | 1 Comment

DownThe Hill In A Sunny Sheffield

I took these pictures as I walked from the Leopold Hotel to the station.

The Winter Garden was a total surprise. In fact, when I saw it, I was rather disappointed that I’d had a morning coffee in a Cafe Nero.

It was a very easy walk with the hill.

As I got to the bottom, it struck me that it might have been an idea to put the odd escalator in the climb to make it easier to walk up. Perugia has a similar problem of getting up the hill and they have used escalators to advantage.

October 1, 2014 Posted by | World | , | 4 Comments