New Thames cycle bridge to ease transport pressures

Date: March 21, 2016 By: Gemma Heath in River Thames News
New Thames cycle bridge to ease transport pressures

A proposed bridge for cyclists and pedestrians across the Thames could reduce pressure on the underground network and increase use of the river, which is already home to a number of London boat hire companies.

The bridge will cross the Thames between Canary Wharf and Rotherhithe, an area still under-connected compared to other parts of the capital. A feasibility study carried out by Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, shows that the bridge could make a significant impact on London’s transport system.

The study indicates that the bridge could be used for around 13,000 crossings a day: over 10,000 by bike and 3,000 on foot. That’s how many people it takes to fill to 15 underground trains to capacity on the District, Circle, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan lines.

Demand for new crossing

The Isle of Dogs and the area around Canary Wharf is expected to see further growth in the jobs market over the next few years and there will also be more homes built in the Canada Water area. These combined elements will increase demand on existing river crossings and the tube system, highlighting the need for a bridge at this location.

The proposed Thames cycle bridge will improve connectivity in this part of the capital and, it is hoped, will help to increase the numbers of Londoners cycling as part of their daily commute.

Candidates for London Mayor, including Zac Goldsmith, Caroline Pidgeon, Sian Berry and Sadiq Khan, support the proposal.