A new bridge for cyclists and pedestrians could be built across the Thames in east London.
Transport for London and local busineses have provided £200,000 to investigate the feasibility of a bridge, which would link the Isle of Dogs and Rotherhithe and provide a new route to Canary Wharf.
The lightweight bridge would be 400m long and open in the middle to allow ships to pass. It is estimated that journey times across the river for cyclists would be halved. Subject to approval and funding, the bridge could open by 2020.
Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity, is due to complete the feasibility study by August. Formal designs have yet to be ratified but Sustrans says it could be similar to the Peace bridge it constructed across the River Foyle in Londonderry.
To see what the Peace bridge looks like, see here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sustrans/8405362918/sizes/l
With the capital’s population predicted to hit 10 million by 2030, the bridge would reduce pressure on the Jubilee line and on roads and make it easier to get around.
Malcolm Shepherd, chief executive of Sustrans, said: “It could enable millions of sustainable cross-river journeys and make it far easier for people to choose a healthier travel option.
“With high-quality links to destinations either side, it will make walking and cycling a real choice for hundreds of thousands of residents, workers and visitors.”
TfL provided £170,000 with £30,000 coming from business. Isabel Dedring, deputy mayor for transport, said: “More than a third of London’s expected population growth is expected to happen in East London and we urgently need more crossings – for all types of transport users. So we are delighted to be able to offer this funding to help progress Sustrans’ proposed cycling and walking bridge.”
Richard de Cani, TfL’s managing director for planning, said: “A new pedestrian and cycle crossing between the Isle of Dogs and Rotherhithe and Canada Water would encourage more people to walk and cycle to Canary Wharf, improving access to amenities and jobs and providing an alternative to the Jubilee line for shorter trips.”