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New bridges across the Thames are rare indeed (only two in the past 100 years, neither of them taking vehicles). So it is slightly mystifying as to why a marvellous new design, already given planning approval, has yet to attract the sort of support (or controversy) accorded to the Millennium or Hungerford bridges. The design in question, by Architects Design Group, WSP Engineers and Jasper Jacobs Associates, builds on an existing structure which forms part of the Cannon Street railway bridge, a crucial link which connects to London Bridge Station, carrying huge numbers of commuters to and from the City of London each day. The design has been approved by Southwark council and the City Corporation, and by the rail authority and the Greater London Assembly.

However, for reasons yet to be explained, the bridge proposal has not been included in Southwark's draft unitary development plan, and now counsel has been retained to make representation in favour of the bridge at the UDP inquiry. Fingers crossed.

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