Dutch to advise on Jakarta flood protection Master Plan

Minister Schultz van Haegen (Infrastructure and the Environment) presented the Dutch-Indonesian National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) flood protection plan in Jakarta today. She announced the plan together with the Indonesian Minister of Public Works, Djoko Kirmanto. The Master Plan contains a vision and practical recommendations aimed at guaranteeing the safety of Jakarta’s 4 to 5 million inhabitants in 2025.

Challenges

Jakarta is facing significant challenges. The rate of land subsidence is some 15 cm per year, due to groundwater extractions, and an increasingly larger section of the city is below sea level. Heavy rainfall combined with years of overdue maintenance on flood defences increases the possibility of flooding. Increasing urbanisation is putting enormous pressure on the drinking water supply.
“In Jakarta, the speed at which spatial planning and water management must be adapted to the growing population and economy is unparalleled. I am proud to present this plan to you and I have every faith in the cooperation between our two countries,” Minister Schultz said at the presentation.

Ambition

In 2008, Indonesia called on the Netherlands to aid in protecting Jakarta from high water. Indonesian and Dutch experts from the public and private sectors and research institutions worked on the Master Plan for National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) for six years. Minister Schultz: “This is a highly ambitious plan. A plan with imaginative solutions like an outer sea wall in the form of Indonesia’s national symbol, the Great Garuda. The Master Plan is on schedule, in line with the desire of the Indonesian government to speed up the project.”

Trade mission

From 30 March to 4 April, Minister Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure and the Environment is leading a trade mission to Jakarta and Surabaya. The visit is a follow-up to the mission to Jakarta led by Prime Minister Rutte in November 2013 and its aim is to intensify the existing cooperation between the two countries in the fields of water management and port development. Eighteen Dutch companies and organisations from the water and port sectors* are accompanying the minister They hope to contribute further to the new hydraulic engineering and port development projects in Indonesia. In addition to bilateral talks with Indonesian authorities, later in the week the delegation will visit the port of Surabaya, and the Indonesian Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency: the BMKG.

*Arcadis, BAM, Boskalis, Deltares, gemeente Rotterdam, Grontmij, IHC Merwede, KNMI, Kuiper Compagnons, Netherlands Water Partnership, Port of Rotterdam, Royal Haskoning DHV, Simavi, STC Group, Strukton, Van Oord, Witteveen and Bos.

 

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April 03, 2014 09:19 am
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New designs revealed for UK Overhead Line Structures

The rail industry’s FutureRailway, in conjunction with HS2 Ltd and the RIBA, invited architects, engineers and designers worldwide to submit new, aesthetically pleasing designs for the gantry and cantilever structures on the UK rail network.

62 entries were received from 14 different countries by the 4 February deadline and the Judging Panel met on 11 February to select a shortlist for the next stage.

Ten designs have been identified for the shortlist and the teams in alphabetical order are:

  • Bystrup Architecture, Design and Engineering, Denmark (with two designs shortlisted)
  • COBE, Denmark
  • Grimshaw
  • Gorton, Paul, Scheuvens + ARUP
  • IDOM UK Ltd with Alan Baxter & Associates and SEMI
  • Lariko/Urbanski
  • Moxon Architects
  • PWA
  • Ramboll UK

The ten shortlisted designs will be revealed at an exhibition at the National Railway Museum in York and on the competition website www.ribacompetitions.com/ols from 1 April 2014 (today).

Interviews will be held with the ten teams on the 6 & 7 May with up to four designs then selected and the names revealed at a press event to be held at the National Railway Museum on the evening of the 7 May 2014.

Up to £150,000 per design will be available to develop the selected designs further by undertaking detailed technical and mathematical modelling and considering the route to market.

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April 01, 2014 14:49 pm
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What’s the future for London’s infrastructure?

John Dickie

On Thursday 27 March, the London Infrastructure Summit, hosted by London First, took place at Kings Place, London. Attended by over 200 delegates from the AEC industries, the full-day conference was a platform for key figures in the infrastructure profession to discuss this year’s theme: Infrastructure fit for a world city.

The first session opened with a brief history about London First. Set up to champion Crossrail 20 years ago, the not-for-profit organisation has a strong grasp on what is happening within the capital’s built environment and its infrastructure in particular.

John Dickie from London First summarised the introductory video interviews and opened the first session What does London need from a long-term infrastructure plan? with the words ’much has been done, there is much to do…’

The 5-strong panel (full details here) were in agreement that London needs a long-term infrastructure plan and that the best way to do that, overall, is to make the procurement system faster and less arduous and that all parties involved need to work together. ’Collaboration is key,’ concluded Jason Robinson of Bechtel.

With regard to the procurement system, Andrew Ridley-Barker from Vinci Construction UK Ltd. argued that ’We need a better procurement process to enable development’ and Robinson agreed, stating that the ’procurement system values low cost, which equals high risk. If investors took on more risk, this could be a game changer’. He went on to say that ’housing…density…urban consolidation around our transport hubs…these are smart cities elements we lack’. GLA Member Val Shawcross was keen to express that there are still parts of London – including her own constituency – that do not have high speed broadband and wished to add extended and improved broadband to the wish list.

The panel were then asked what would be on their shopping list for a long-term infrastructure plan for London. The resulting inventory included Old Oak Common (HS2 Station), Nuclear Power Stations and to fix airport capacity problem. An audience question from a representative at Foster + Partners raised the point ‘Are we future-proofing our Infrastructure Plan? 2050 and beyond?’ The panel were keen to embrace that scenario but concurred that there is enough to do now so that a longer-term plan could be resolved. Ridley-Barker added that we need to invest in the skills set as Vinci Construction (amongst others) are already doing and plan to do.

Panel 1Alexander Jan, Arup, Andrew Ridley-Barker, Vinci Construction UK Ltd., Basil Scarsella, UK Power Networks, Jason Robinson, Bechtel, Isabel Dedring, TfL

The Keynote address, A neo-Victorian age – planning for London’s future growth, was delivered by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London. Amidst suggestions to re-colonise northern France and that Birmingham would become a London borough, Boris gave a rousing and informative speech about what London has achieved and what it can achieve, with some inevitable self-promotion ‘Since I removed the incumbent & became Mayor, life expectancy is accelerating at its fastest rate since Stone Age!’.

Boris praised the work of Transport for London for their progress so far and reducing delays by 40% on the tube and that Crossrail will boost capacity by 10%, adding that ‘We need to integrate the overground with the underground. Transport infrastructure development in London is triggering regeneration of brownfield sites.’

Boris told the summit that we must have Crossrail 2 by 2029 along with more river crossings to greater improve the connectivity within London and announced that the GLA are offering Broadband grants to aid businesses and homes.

He went on to say that ‘London needs better energy infrastructure’ and noted that ‘The Shard consumes as much energy as Colchester.’ London only generates approximately 2% of its energy used and Boris claimed that ‘brown-outs would occur if we do not take action soon’.

Boris

The image below shows the answer to the interactive voting session which asked How does London’s infrastructure compare with its competitor world cities?

Interactive Question 1

After a short break (and networking), the summit continued with the question; Where is the money coming from to pay for future London infrastructure? Chaired by Richard Payne of Turner & Townsend there was a mixed response from the panel (full details here) with Pippa Malmgren from DRPM Group stating that the future market was encouraging; ‘Chinese investors are already buying property in Birmingham, manufacturing is returning to the Midlands.’

But we heard a slightly more cautious view from Deloitte’s Nick Prior, who said there is still a lot to do ‘Investors need to know they’ll get money back – must convince Government that London Infrastructure is a priority.’

Where does the money come fromRichard Payne, Turner & Townsend, Dr Pippa Malmgren, DRPM Group, Nick Prior, Deloitte, Sir Adrian Montague, 3i Group, Geoffrey Spence, HM Treasury

Lord Andrew Adonis, Shadow Infrastructure Minister then chaired a lively panel (full details here) discussion Crossrail 2 – how do we make it a reality? Michèle Dix from Transport for London presents the High Level Programme for Crossrail 2, confirming that Boris’ earlier prediction that Crossrail 2 will be completed by 2029.

Crossrail 2 programme

The panel (full details here) agreed that in order to help make it a reality, Crossrail 2 needs what Crossrail had, a champion, a dedicated team as Nicholas Pollard, Balfour Beatty states; ‘We need a strong leadership for Crossrail 2.’

Michèle Dix concluded by saying; ‘There are plans in place for improved links to South East London-extensions to tube, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) & overground.’

During this session Crossrail announced an extension to its route to Reading. Read the full press release here.

Crossrail 2

Lord Andrew Adonis, Shadow Infrastructure Minister, Farshid Kamali, Atkins, Nicholas Pollard, Balfour Beatty, Mark Carne, Network Rail, Michèle Dix, Transport for London

Bechtel’s Lawrie Quinn chaired the next panel discussion (full details here) which looked at the statement Energy and Transport projects as an urban catalyst to sustain economic success and regeneration. Beth West, Commercial Director of HS2, said that they were already in the process of identifying the benefits that the HS2 would bring; ‘We have a team looking at regeneration development around HS2, trying to quantify the benefits’

Reflecting on the previous discussion, Richard Abel from Macquarie Group implied that the confidence in funding is not quite there yet; ‘New infrastructure projects depend on social consent and predictable investment framework’ with Beth West agreeing; ‘Having patient money is one of the biggest challenges’ and added that ‘HS2 will be a ‘release valve’ for businesses to set up in different cities rather than ‘flooding into London’.

HS2

Lawrie Quinn, Bechtel, Richard Abel, Macquarie Group, Beth West, HS2, Jason Robinson, Bechtel

 

Rotterdam Centraal Station: New transport hub for Europe

Rotterdam Centraal Station is the first in a series of new and larger stations in the Netherlands, which are part of the largest railway stations development and innovation since the creation of the Dutch railways, 175 years ago.

Every day 110,000 people pass through the station area making it an important transport hub where rail, metro, bus, tram, bicycle and taxi merge together. With an expectation of more than 320,000 passengers per day in 2025 due to the HSL and light rail the station had to be expanded and prepared for international rail passenger.

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The new station is more spacious, visually enhanced by a large glass window with direct views of the city, tram and bus station. A large proportion of the 250m-long roof structure is transparent and more than a third of the entire roof features solar cells, estimated to generate 320 megawatts per annum.

Rotterdam Central Station

The 18 track platforms are accessible via a 50m wide passage under the tracks on either side of commercial facilities. The station also houses another 4,000m2 of offices. The north side that faces the Provenierswijk neighbourhood features an entrance where the public area flows seamlessly into the station and the existing tunnel has been retained, further connecting the station to the port.

Before the construction of the new station could start a temporary station had to be completed with a replacement station, temporary bicycle storage and a new passenger bridge built over the tracks. The existing western bicycle tunnel was converted into a temporary passenger tunnel. Existing concourses also had to be demolished.

A statement from the design team (Benthem Crouwel Architects, MVSA Meyer and Van Schooten Architecten, and West 8) reads: “The city of Rotterdam is drawn to the new station via the compaction of the small-scale urban texture surrounding the public transport terminal. The entire railway zone becomes one with the city. This finer urban texture with new sightlines and a mixture of living and working will dramatically improve the quality of life and the environment of the station area.”

480_Rotterdam_Centraal_N105_Team CS

From the start in 2004, ARCADIS for this project all engineering and technical advice for ProRail. This involved the whole process of feasibility studies, structural, installation and rail design, integrated design coordination, contracting to construction management. ARCADIS worked together with other parties such as design TEAM CS, the consortium BTRC and the Engineering Public Works Rotterdam.

Rotterdam Central Station

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March 26, 2014 13:00 pm
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Balfour Beatty/Jardine Matheson joint venture Gammon Construction wins £100 million (S$210 million) Singapore contract

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Gammon Construction Limited, a joint venture between Balfour Beatty and Jardine Matheson has been awarded a £100 million (S$210 million) contract by the Singapore Land Transport Authority for the construction of Havelock Station for the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system in Singapore. Work is due to start in the first quarter of 2014 and is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

Havelock Station is in close proximity to residential housing estates and commercial buildings and is on the Thomson Line – a fully underground, 30-km long line comprising 22 stations linking the North-South-East-West Line (NSEWL), Downtown Line (DTL), North-East Line (NEL) and Circle Line (CCL), providing greater accessibility and significantly improving travel time for the local community.

This is the second contract awarded to Gammon Construction for the Thomson Line, following the award of the contact for the design and construction of the Mayflower Station in 2013.

Commenting on the contract award, Andrew McNaughton, Chief Executive of Balfour Beatty said: “Rail is a key focus for Balfour Beatty and I am very pleased that we are announcing another prestigious contract for Gammon in Singapore. Balfour Beatty has considerable expertise in rail infrastructure and this contract adds to our significant wins in Denver USA and Melbourne, Australia in 2013.”

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March 25, 2014 09:48 am
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MIPIM: Cities on the Move: The next step in multi modal transport

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As MIPIM (the international property event) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year World Infrastructure News hosted a discussion on the theme of ‘Cities on the Move: The next step in multi modal transport’.

The panel consisted of Dr Chwen-Jinq Chen, Political Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications in Taiwan, Professor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of Warsaw and Dennis Fuentès, Director Urban & Regional Mobility Unit for SAFEGE Consulting Engineers.

Brian Kilkelly introduced the panel and explained the session would be considering how mobility is being used in the drive to improve the sustainability, resilience, and vibrancy of cities around the world.

Dr Chwen-Jinq Chen spoke about ongoing plans to double the size of Taoyuan Airport, serving Taipei City as an International Hub. This is part of the “Taoyuan Aerotropolis” plan which will extend over a 10 year period (scheduled for completion at the end of the decade). The aim is not only to keep attracting the international airlines that serve the island, but also to open up new trade routes. The land acquisition process required has been completed with $20bn of government funding. There is also a metro rail system to link the airport with the capital.

With a predicted increase of visitors to Taiwan of 10m per annum, Dr Chen discussed better ways for them and Taiwanese to travel using Intelligence systems such as vehicle routing, trip planning and decision making. ‘E-cards’ for Tourists are also being introduced to increase the use of public transport. Dr Chen also stated the importance of mitigating and adapting to climate change. He cited the prevention of further disasters through land management and caps on road development to prevent landslides. Keeping a tight control on development of indigenous mountain areas was an issue important to Taiwan. Looking to the future for Taiwan, Mr Chen stated that ““This is the best chance ever for making use of smart technologies to improve life for Taiwanese”.

Professor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of Warsaw, Poland spoke about developments in the city’s transport systems. She shared the amazing fact that some 70% of citizens use public transport – possibly because (unlike many Western European cities), Warsaw retained it’s legacy of tram systems. The city is also investing in the future, and is developing a new subway system (Line 2) with 7 new stations. Most of the funding for the project, still in construction, has come from the EU and is was questioned as whether this will be such a secure funding stream in the future. 20% of the city’s budget is spent on subsidising the city’s extensive public transport network – the tram lines alone cover over 400km.

The city is modernising at pace and there is now an integrated ticketing system to cover all public transport modes. 3 years ago a bike share scheme was introduced. Prof  Gronkiewicz-Waltz, proudly shared that the scheme was rated 10th best in the world by USA Today. Warsaw has now also introduced new technologies such as GPS and smart cards. One may now buy parking tickets via mobile phone and there are now intelligent bus stop information systems.

Dennis Fuentès, drew attention to the fact that, with 80% of people living in cities, there is greater need to integrate different modes of transport. Well designed transport hubs can be regarded as very important tools for urban development and regeneration. With ever increasing amounts of people living in cities, the private car is no longer positive for development in the quest to build liveable cities. Public transport needs further development and integration at outer suburbs are particularly challenging. He pointed to the opportunity to make citizens’ journeys more enjoyable and efficient through much closer integration and coordination at points of transit changes – for example from bus to train.

Fuentès also stated that to achieve and manage the mass transport of citizens in cities there needs to be strong political will with a vision for transport and all its benefits such urban development. However, there also needs to be good administrative organisation as there is not always a coherent organisation to cover all systems.

With all these increasing demands on space and how we get about our cities there is also the tightrope of funding with ticketing schemes, city taxes, government support and private – public procurement mechanisms becoming much more important. Denis urged the audience to start thinking in the ’3rd dimension’, even in advancements in urban cable cars and vertical cities.

Jim Davis

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March 21, 2014 15:48 pm
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Atkins wins railroad construction management contract in Texas

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Atkins has been awarded a construction management services contract by the Fort Worth & Western Railroad (FWWR) to provide on-site personnel to oversee safety and minimise the effects of a multibillion dollar expansion project undertaken by North Tarrant Express to relieve congestion, improve safety and provide for anticipated traffic growth in one of the country’s fastest developing regions.

Jon McDonald, Atkins’ transit and rail business sector manager, said: “This contract demonstrates a growing need in the freight rail industry for our technical expertise in both the freight rail and highway industries. Atkins will support FWWR with engineering, environmental and inspection services throughout its rail system in north central Texas.”

FWWR will be affected by the bridges and other structures being built on and near its facilities, and Atkins will review construction submittals and requests for information. FWWR is a short line freight railroad that operates 276 miles of track through eight counties in north central Texas. It serves more than 100 customers and moves more than 36,000 carloads annually.

Atkins is a national leader in the US, having provided decades of construction management, contract support, operations and maintenance, planning, programming, production and design services for transit and rail agencies US-wide.

 

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March 19, 2014 15:30 pm
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Heathrow Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal opens to the public 4 June 2014

Heathrow Terminal 2

Terminal 2′s design work was begun by Foster + Partners, then developed into its final form by Luis Vidal (LVA) and HETCo (a joint venture between Ferrovial Agroman and Laing O’Rourke). LVA and HETCo have given Terminal 2 its distinctive 54,000 square metre, wave-like roof. The waves reflect the three stages of the departing passenger journey – check-in, security and departures lounge. They dip as passengers complete one stage, then rise as they pass on to the next.

Environmental responsibility

Terminal 2 will be the world’s first airport terminal to be awarded BREEAM rating for its sustainable building design. The continued commitment to sustainable construction on Terminal 2 began before any of the new building had been erected with the demolition of its predecessor, as more than 90% of the demolished concrete was reused. Terminal 2 has been designed to be as energy efficient as possible: it incorporates an innovative and sophisticated system of active and passive measures to reduce the ecological footprint. The result is a reduction in CO2 emissions by 40%.

Flexibility and modularity

Terminal 2 has been designed with innovative and technological solutions based on modular systems in order to allow not only a faster construction but to facilitate future growth.

Terminal-2_LHR

The main terminal building offers:
A satellite building – T2B (connected to T2A via an underground walkway)
A 1,340 space multi-storey car park
An energy centre
66 self-service kiosks
60 fast bag drops – which can also be configured for traditional use
56 traditional check-in desks
Check-in will be large enough to accommodate 3,000 passengers per hour
24 security lanes (17 for economy passengers, 4 Fast Track and 3 for staff and crew)
Approximately 600 Security Officers, 30 Passenger Service Ambassadors and 70 Service Team Leaders.
A new sculpture from British artist Richard Wilson RA, located in the covered court (measuring 70 metres, weighing 77 tonnes and suspended 18 metres in the air between two passenger walkways)

Building Heathrow’s next stage

Terminal 2 is Heathrow’s largest construction project. The terminal, a new pier, and a new car park and roads will cost around £2.5 billion.

HETCo (a joint venture between Ferrovial Agroman and Laing O’Rourke) won the Terminal 2A contract in a competitive tender in 2008. Their work covers the demolition of the old Terminal 2 and Queen’s Building, and the construction of the new terminal building including the aircraft stands and cooling station.

The satellite pier is being built by Balfour Beatty. This part of the project includes a network of underground tunnels that will transfer passengers by travelator (and eventually rail) between the satellite pier and the main terminal building.

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Laing O’Rourke won the contract for Terminal 2’s multi-storey car park. They are also working on the central courtyard that links the car park with the terminal, the plaza and the approach roads to the car park.

The baggage system contractors include Mace and Siemens and the instrumentation and control systems are being designed and installed by Fujitsu, Tyco, Firstco, BT and Mott MacDonald.

 

Credits to Balfour Beatty and Luis Vidal Architects.

Atkins wins contract to develop Asia Aerospace City

Atkins' CEO for Asia Pacific, Chris Birdsong, at signing ceremony with MARA Group CEO, Nazim Rahman

Atkins’ CEO for Asia Pacific, Chris Birdsong, at signing ceremony with MARA Group CEO, Nazim Rahman

Atkins has won a contract as lead consultant and masterplanner to help develop Asia Aerospace City (AAC) in Subang, Malaysia into a world class facility for the aerospace industry. MARA, the government agency responsible for education and entrepreneurship, hopes to attract global aerospace engineering services business to the region, potentially worth US $1 trillion by 2020.

The development will be designed as a smart city, with cutting edge research and development facilities, integrated office suites, academic campuses, a convention centre and residential areas.

Chris Birdsong, Atkins’ CEO for Asia Pacific, said: “I am excited about this strategic project. In line with Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Plan which calls for the nation to become a self-sufficient industrialised nation by the year 2020, education plays a vital role to achieve the vision and the facility will directly benefit the local community.”

“I am also delighted to work with MARA on this project. The combination of international expertise we bring combined with MARA’s vision and profound local know-how will help both parties to unlock future opportunities.”

Rural and Regional Development Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said that the development will draw interest and commitments from international aerospace industry players and Malaysia will be the aerospace hub in Asia.

The Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, witnessed a signing ceremony recently between MARA and Atkins.

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March 14, 2014 12:00 pm
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Flying Under the Hammersmith Flyover

King Street Looking West (Artists Impression by www.westlondonlink.com)

King Street Looking West (Artists Impression by West London Link)

Hammersmith Flyover in West London is one of the first examples of an elevated road using reinforced concrete. Designed by G Maunsell & Partners & built in 1960, it has carried the A4 into Central London through Hammersmith as well as dividing local opinion and acting as a physical barrier ever since.

However, there are plans to turn the 6 lane flyover into a ‘flyunder’, comprising a range of tunnel options from shallow cut and cover to deep bore. It potentially makes a 2.5 mile strip of land ripe for development and already carries the endorsement of the Mayor of London, describing the scheme as “brilliant”.

The first official artist’s impressions of how Hammersmith town centre could look if a ‘flyunder’ burrows beneath it have been released showing land formerly blighted by the trunk road replaced by new homes, offices and green space. A report, drawn up by West London Link – a consortium of local designers in association with Channel Tunnel engineers Halcrow — was commissioned by Hammersmith & Fulham Council amid growing concern about the lifespan of the current route, which is used by 90,000 vehicles a day.

Transport for London is ultimately responsible as the A4 is a strategic route in the capital. It is spending £60 million fixing the 620-metre concrete structure after corrosion was identified and claim the work will keep the flyover in use for decades. The shortest “flyunder” option would run under the current route of the flyover and would cost £218 million. The longest 2.5-mile route would run from west of the Hogarth roundabout to Earl’s Court Road and would be the longest road tunnel in London. The third possibility is a 2.2-mile tunnel ending in West Kensington. Both longer, deep bore versions would also require a junction halfway along, near Hammersmith Broadway, to allow local traffic to use the tunnel.

Around £1billion worth of former highway land could be freed up to help pay for the flyunder works, according to a feasibility study.

Cllr Nicholas Botterill, Hammersmith & Fulham Council Leader, said: “A flyunder would enable Hammersmith Berlin Wall to be torn down and reconnect our divided town centre with the river and make our once beautiful town centre an even more attractive place to live in, visit or do business.”

Jim Davis
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