On the south side are four arches, two of which are used as storage for the residents of a houseboat community moored immediately downstream, and another one of which was opened to Thames Path pedestrian traffic as part of the Lombard Wharf development. [7], Trains crossing are subject to a 20/30 mph speed limit (locomotive-hauled traffic is restricted to 20 mph, all other traffic is limited to 30 mph). The first Battersea Bridge was a toll bridge. Albert Bridge is a road bridge over the Tideway of the River Thames connecting Chelsea in Central London on the north, left bank to Battersea on the south. At night it is illuminated by 4,000 LEDs adding to its status as a landmark. [29] The proposal proved very popular with the area's residents, and a May 1973 campaign led by John Betjeman, Sybil Thorndike and Laurie Lee raised a petition of 2,000 signatures for the bridge to be permanently closed to traffic. Battersea Bridge > Battersea Bridge; Alerts (0) No Alerts. In 1992 it was redecorated and rewired. Clapham Junction rail station is … Nearest town: 3.59 miles from Battersea. [21] In 1879, Albert Bridge, which had cost £200,000 to build, was bought by the Board of Works along with Battersea Bridge for a combined price of £170,000 (about £17.4 million in 2020). The historic industrial town of Chelsea on the north bank of the River Thames about 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Westminster, and the rich farming village of Battersea, facing Chelsea on the south bank, were linked by the modest wooden Battersea Bridge in 1771. It had grown unpopular and was considered unsafe. [20] The cost of subsidising Battersea Bridge drained funds intended for the building of wide approach roads, making the bridge difficult to reach. Chelsea Bridge. Battersea Park is very close by, offering 200 acres of recreational space. The position on a bend in the river makes the bridge a hazard to shipping, and it has been closed many times due to collisions. The whole project cost £7.2 million of which the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea provided 25% of the cost and the other 75% was provided by Transport for London. Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council, Commission of Woods, Forests, and Land Revenues, "Name: ALBERT BRIDGE List entry Number: 1358138", "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)", "Severn Bridge Model – see 1min16sec into newsreel for a photo of the original 'break step' sign", "Albert Bridge undergoes restoration study", "Details from listed building database (1065576)", "What's a girl to do against all this blah? The Battersea Railway Bridge (originally called the Cremorne Bridge, after riverside public gardens in Chelsea, and formerly commonly referred to as the Battersea New Bridge) is a bridge across the River Thames in London, between Battersea and Fulham. [17] Over the next three years the staying rods were augmented with steel chains, giving it an appearance more closely resembling a conventional suspension bridge,[14][24] and a new timber deck was laid, at a total cost of £25,000 (about £2.63 million in 2020).

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