Transport for London is seeking views on the best height and position for a bridge in east London
The consultation, which opened today and will run until 8 January, follows work done by consultants Arcadis and Knight Architects to assess different options for a river crossing between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf.
A shortlist of three options has been drawn up – an enhanced ferry service, a bridge and a tunnel. TfL said that, based on studies carried out so far, a ‘navigable’ bridge – one allowing vessels to use the river below – was its preferred option.
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Its consultation sets out factors such as which of three alignments are preferred for the bridge, and how high it should be.
A second consultation is expected in 2018 to allow interested parties to comment on the detailed designs drawn up following this first view-seeking exercise. A planning application could follow in 2019.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said this summer that procurement of a design and build contractor for the crossing would begin this autumn.
ReForm Architects registered designs for an east London crossing after working speculatively for four years on the project alongside engineers Elliott Wood and Buro Happold. The practice said in September it would fight to see its concept built, despite Khan appearing to dismiss it when he said existing designs were ‘a number of years old’.
ReForm managing director Nik Randall said this week: ‘Regarding a bridge, the issues of height, number of openings per day, crossing location, ramp length and so on can all be very simply accommodated with our design.
‘We welcome the consultation TfL is undertaking so that the best location, height and crossing can be determined.’
Deputy mayor for Transport Val Shawcross said: ‘It’s great news that we’ve started the formal process for a new walking and cycling crossing between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf.
’This area of east London has seen huge growth in recent years and our desire for a dedicated crossing for cyclists and pedestrians shows our real commitment to greener forms of transport across London.
‘It will provide vital new connections to work, shopping and leisure facilities for thousands of local residents and provide a new route for commuters into Canary Wharf. We now want everyone to have their say before we outline further details of how we can make this ambition a reality.’