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Huge public support for new Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf bridge

Panoramic view over the river Thames looking east toward Canary Wharf and Rotherhithe

Looking east over the river Thames between Canary Wharf (left) and Rotherhithe (right)

A map showing the river Thames at the Rotherhithe peninsula and Isle of Dogs, where the bridge could go

The area of London where the crossing could go

22 March 2018

We welcome the overwhelming public support for a new walking and cycling bridge linking Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf, published on Wednesday by Transport for London (TfL).

TfL’s public consultation results show 93% of respondents support plans for a new pedestrian and cycling crossing over the Thames. Eighty-five per cent of respondents prefer a bridge over a ferry or tunnel. And the greatest support is for a bridge to link Nelson Dock and Westferry Circus.

The bridge would link up existing cycling routes, offering thousands of Londoners a quick, cheap and clean way to cross the river, and enable them to easily and safely walk or cycle around this rapidly growing part of east London for generations to come.

A new Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf bridge would give people a clean, healthy and quick way to get around and this public endorsement takes us one step closer.

- Matt Winfield, London Director, Sustrans

TfL predicts that by 2031 more than two million pedestrian and cycle journeys will be made across the bridge every year. Our research says that it could be many more.

Working with TfL on making London a city where it is easier to cycle and walk, Sustrans carried out a feasibility study into a bridge linking these two parts of London, supported with funding from TfL and local businesses, which led to TfL adopting and progressing the project.

Matt Winfield, London Director, Sustrans said:

“It’s fantastic news to hear that so many people are asking TfL to bridge the gap between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf. Our initial feasibility study demonstrated a strong transport case for the bridge and I’m pleased to hear so many people support it. We’re really excited about the design stage later this year.

“A third of London’s growth to 2030 is set to happen in the east, beyond Tower Bridge, including a doubling in the number of jobs on the Isle of Dogs and over 4,000 new homes around Canada Water. London needs this bridge not just for people that struggle to cross the river today, but to connect these new homes and jobs in the future.

“Currently the only bridge over the Thames in the entire 20 miles to the east of Tower Bridge is a motorway, so this new bridge is greatly needed to provide Londoners with real choice and encourage walking and cycling.

“We all know that getting people out cycling or walking cuts congestion and has great benefits to our health. A new Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf bridge would give people a clean, healthy and quick way to get around and this public endorsement takes us one step closer.”

Find out more about Sustrans’ involvement in establishing this project

Read the Transport for London Report