Sustrans is currently working to plan and build a new walking and cycling bridge spanning the River Thames between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf.
The bridge would be an important transport link across the river – serving residents in Rotherhithe and beyond to their places of work in Canary Wharf, as well as providing a direct route to Stratford and the Olympic Park.
It is hoped that a new design competition will be launched in 2015 in partnership with local MP, Simon Hughes, a longstanding champion of the concept, and other key stakeholders.
Annette Jezierska, Senior Development Officer for Sustrans commented:
“Sustrans launched the idea of London's first major, purpose-built cycling and walking bridge over the Thames nearly a decade ago. Since then the city has changed immensely and we feel now more than ever is the time to bring it to life.”
“We're still at an early stage for the Brunel Bridge between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf, but numerous studies from 2006-08 demonstrated how important a connection it could be.”
“New bridges are all the rage in London at the moment and there’s good reason for that given the capital’s increasing population and pressure on the transport network. In the East, numerous major road crossings are being explored, even though there’s a distinct lack of anything suitable for those wishing to hop across the river on foot or by bike.”
With an exceptional, sensitive design, it will be a landmark for the area that is accessible to all and helps make walking or cycling a genuine option for cross-river travel east of Tower Bridge.
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