London Mayor accelerates Bike Bridge

Map showing the proposed locations of Thames river crossings in East London

The Bike Bridge in the Mayor's plans for river crossings in East London (Image: TfL)

The Thames

A view of where the proposed bridge would go

4 October 2016

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has today pledged to accelerate delivery of a walking and cycling bridge between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf following Sustrans campaign for a Bike Bridge.

As early as 2020, thousands of Londoners could be making quick, clean and healthy trips across the Thames on a bridge that would support new homes and businesses across East London.

The new bridge will put Rotherhithe and Canada Water within short walking distance of Canary Wharf and enhance opportunities for cycling across swathes of East London.

TfL state that a competitive procurement process will be held next year subject to funding, availability of land and relevant approvals.

Following the publication of Sustrans feasibility study into the bridge the Mayor committed to continue supporting the bridge in his Manifesto.

The announcement came as part of a package of 'greener, public transport-focused river crossings in East London.'

Xavier Brice Chief Executive Officer at Sustrans said:

“We’re excited that the new administration has taken its first steps to bridging the gap between the journeys Londoners make and the healthy journeys by bike and foot that Londoners need.

“Delivering world class infrastructure is never easy, but it’s what this great city deserves. Together, all of us responsible for delivering transport infrastructure in London, need to work tirelessly to ensure the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf Bike Bridge is delivered in a timely and cost- effective manner, bridging the gap between great idea and efficient delivery."

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“It’s no secret that London has long needed more river crossings in the east. With new homes and economic growth across East London, it becomes even more important that we deliver new greener transport links that allow Londoners to cross the river quickly and more easily.”

Alex Williams, Acting Managing Director of Planning at TfL, said:

“London’s population continues to grow and it’s vital that we do everything we can to support this to ensure that everyone can continue to move around freely and easily.

The Mayor’s new vision for river crossings in East London is firmly rooted in supporting growth and providing better public transport links for all.

We will now work hard to develop the designs for these new crossings, as well as identify potential funding opportunities, to allow them to be constructed more quickly.”

Due to the range of river traffic at this location, the bridge would need to open for shipping, and TfL has carried out further analysis on whether a bascule or swing style bridge could be more suitable.

Transport for London will look to source the majority of funding for the proposed crossings through third-party developer contributions and via existing Community Infrastructure Levies.

Find out more about the Bike Bridge

Read about the Mayor of London's pledges