The 'Bridge To Nowhere' Is Finally Finished

Gam Gurung Bridge in Colliers Wood is complete

A Colliers Wood bridge once dubbed 'the bridge to nowhere' has been formally opened and dedicated to Councillor Gam Gurung, who died in 2013.

Mayor of Merton Councillor David Chung formally dedicated the bridge in Bewley Street to Councillor Gurug. Leader of the council Councillor Stephen Alambritis was also there with ward councillors, the President of the South London Nepalese Association and the Colliers Wood Chorus.

A former Gurkha soldier, Gam Gurung had been a leading light in the Nepalese community in Britain for many years. He was the country's first ever Gurkha Labour Councillor and was a tutor at Carshalton College in Surrey.

The bridge was completed following the council’s successful bid for funding from Transport for London, The Wandle Valley Trust and transport charity Sustrans last year. It joins Wandle Meadow Nature Park with Bewley Street.

It was half completed by house developers in 2007, but was never finished at the time.

Mayor of Merton Councillor David Chung said: "It was wonderful to be with Councillor Gurung’s family at this very special event. Councillor Gurung was a popular councillor who represented his residents for three years in Merton and it was great pleasure to have known and worked with him."

Wife of the late councillor, Mrs Gurung said: "I am very proud of all that Gam achieved in his life, and dedicating this bridge to his memory is a wonderful honour for us."

June 25, 2015