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Mayor to consider widening London’s South Bank

Architect Michael Davis’ proposal to widen London’s South Bank will go before London Mayor Boris Johnson next month

The London Promenade scheme widens the South Bank walkway between Gabriel’s Wharf in the west and Butler’s Wharf in the east. The proposal is part of the Mayor’s Better Streets and 2011 Year of Walking initiatives.

Davis said: ‘If the project gets approved we would have to move at a speed of knots to get it completed in time.’ He thinks the scheme could be partially ready by the 2012 Olympics.

The first stage of the £120m project is set between Gabriel’s Wharf and the Tate Modern and includes a new pier serving Blackfriars Bridge and Blackfriars railway station.

Liberal democrat London assembly member Caroline Pidgeon, who is vice chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, is supporting the plan.

The London Promenade was featured in the 1 City, Many People exhibition at City Hall  -part of the London Festival of Architecture.

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