A sustainable transport charity has been awarded £170,000 by Transport for London (TfL) to develop plans for a new Thames crossing for cyclists
Sustrans is working up proposals for a 400m bridge linking the Isle of Dogs in east London with Rotherhithe, south of the river. Wilkinson Eyre’s Peace Bridge in Derry/Londonderry (pictured) is understood to be an influence on the project.
The charity said that among the proposed design features for the new crossing, which has the working title The Brunel Bridge, would be an opening middle section to allow taller shipping to pass up-river.
In addition to the TfL funding, the bridge has also secured £30,000 in development funding from local businesses.
Sustrans chief executive Malcolm Shepherd said the new bridge would support the surging popularity of cycling and offer shorter journey times for people travelling between east and south-east London.
’Sustrans is delighted to have received this funding from TfL and other partners to be able to move forward with the feasibility work on this crossing,’ he 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.’
Isabel Dedring, London’s 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.’
Sustrans said the latest phase of feasibility work on the project would be complete next month.