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Now that the Garden Bridge is staring into the abyss, what might replace it?


Now is in fact a very exciting time for the Thames and how people engage with it in London. The Thames Clipper ferry service is booming, with new stops, such as Plantation Wharf being added to its route. The Thames Path is a fantastic linear park which with each new link becomes more legible and useful, opening up new views of the river and city whilst encouraging walking and cycling. The future Floating Baths will be a great addition, as will the Rotherhithe Crossing and the Diamond Jubilee Bridge (both of which are making progress after many years of work in the background). There are also plans for a Thames Promenade, a planted public link between Barnes and Chiswick which reuses an existing railway viaduct and some early conversations about a pedestrian and cycle link between Ham and Twickenham. All these projects may be relatively small and to some perhaps even parochial when compared to the grand statement that the Garden Bridge set out to be. However, these locally orientated interventions when seen as a whole represent an increased engagement with the river that is subtly enhancing our relationship and familiarity with it.

Posted date

24 October, 2016

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