Bridging the Thames

Watercolour painting showing how the view from Rotherhithe Bridge to Canary Wharf might look as people use Sustrans Bike Bridge
Map showing the location of Sustrans Bike Bridge relative to other Thames river bridges in London

Sustrans Bike Bridge will be a real alternative exactly where Londoners need it

Woman cycling along quiet route in London with high street in background

Londoners will be able to get active, save money and cross the River Thames with ease

Cyclists leave lift into the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, London

The bridge will provide a pleasant alternative to the busy foot tunnel at Greenwich

Young woman crosses zebra crossing in London

Canary Wharf and Canada Water would become a short walk from each other

There's a gap in London and we don't want you to mind it. We want to help you bridge it.

The gap between North and South London. The gap between the commute you have and the commute you want.

The gap between the air quality our city has and the clean air it needs. The gap between the number of bridges west of Tower Bridge and the complete lack of bridges east of it. The gap between where you live and where you work. The gap between the London we have and the London we want.

Sustrans has demonstrated why a bridge at this location is essential, the first sustainable East London crossing is within our sights. We need to find a stunning design for our world class city to unlock growth, create new housing and jobs and get London walking and cycling.

- Sir Terry Farrell CBE

A gap Londoners want bridged

A YouGov poll that we commissioned showed that over a third (35%) of Londoners back the new walking and cycling bridge, even if it meant less money would be spent on other projects affecting London's road and rail network. The polling also found less than a quarter (24%) of Londoners opposed the traffic-free bridge. This is a bridge Londoners want.

Helping to unlock thousands of commutes by bike or foot

We've done our homework. This bridge would enable around 13,000 clean commutes by pedestrians and cyclists every day. It will be built where it is needed most, in a bridge free part of our city.

A state of the art bridge - car free, pollution free, and free for all to use. Our aspiration is that the Sustrans Bike Bridge will be backed by private funding for public benefit. Its design will be decided after a truly transparent and fair design competition to get the stunning design our stunning city deserves.

What are the options today?

We looked at the air quality for existing crossings for people on bikes and at what difference a traffic-free crossing could make to people’s health and travel times.

Watch the video on our campaign to bridge the gap

Matt Winfield, Sustrans London Deputy Director, comments:

“We’ve got to bridge the gap between the journeys Londoners have to put up with and the journeys they want and need. A bike bridge between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf could provide the cheap, clean and healthy journeys Londoners need - connecting communities, jobs and opportunities on both sides of the river Thames.

"We worked closely with TfL and other partners on the initial feasibility study. Now we need the Mayor to set out the next steps for its development, including a procurement process that will find an exciting and attractive design."

Who is supporting the Bike Bridge?

In his manifesto the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, pledged to, "Work to break down some of the city’s physical barriers, such as by backing the Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf cycle and pedestrian bridge."

 We should also pursue ways of breaching some of London’s physical barriers to cyclists, such as the Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf cycling and pedestrian bridge, which Sustrans are doing a great job of promoting.

- Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

Supporting Members of Parliament include

Supporting London Assembly Members include

​Since we published our study earlier this year we’ve had meetings with City Hall, Transport for London, Councillors and MPs, as well as making the case to the businesses who could benefit most.

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