Chiswick Footbridge - Chiswick Park station The long-awaited Chiswick footbridge, which is intended to relieve congestion at Gunnersbury Tube Station, has completed the second phase in its development and is on course for opening in December 2018. Four giant v-shaped steel legs weighing up to eight tons each, have been installed on the 135 metre long footbridge which will link the Chiswick Park campus with Chiswick Park station. The next phase will be in January, when components of the three bridge spans will arrive at Chiswick Park in 27 deliveries over two weeks. After that comes the decking and handrails which will involve another 10 deliveries. Included will be 200 small handrail lights, 36 spotlights with dimmer sensors for the bridge arches, and security cameras for each end. After that the task will be to assemble the bridge’s three individual spans at Chiswick Park. Each one will weigh around 140 tons. In June the spans will be lifted into place by a 500 ton liftcapacity crawler crane, while Network Rail will switch off the rail line for 27 hours. Work is due to complete in December 2018. Apart from reducing walking time from Chiswick Park tube station to four minutes, the footbridge will also improve the Park’s connection to the wider transport network and to the Elizabeth Line at Ealing Broadway, which also opens in December 2018. It is hoped that improvements in the transport system in the next few years will benefi t the 9,000 workers at Chiswick Park as well as local residents. The bridge and Crossrail together will mean a 12-minute door-to-door travel time (including the 4-minute walk) on London Underground, from Chiswick Park to Ealing Broadway, which in turn will allow an estimated 23-minute door to-door journey from Chiswick Park to Bond Street and just 30 minutes to Liverpool Street (according to TfL).
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