Plans for a proposed walking and cycling crossing across the Thames between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf have been welcomed by Londoners, TfL confirmed today. Ninety-three per cent of the 6,094 public responses received in the recent consultation supported the creation of a new crossing, which would link existing and planned cycle routes on both sides of the river. The crossing will not cater for other road users despite the growing delays at Rotherhithe and Blackwall tunnels respectively.
Once delivered, the crossing would enable more people to cycle and walk in the local area and support the Mayor's aim for 80% of Londoners' trips to be by cycling, walking or by public transport by 2041. Pedestrians and cyclists currently have very limited opportunities to cross the river east of Tower Bridge easily and safely - restricting access to key destinations such as Canary Wharf and Canada Water.
Deputy Mayor for Transport, Val Shawcross, said: 'I'm delighted that thousands of people took part in the consultation, and have given us such overwhelming support for a new walking and cycling crossing between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf. 'With its growing population, a new river crossing is much needed in this part of east London, providing vital new connections for residents, businesses and commuters around Canary Wharf. 'Our plans should enable thousands more people to make walking and cycling a part of their everyday lives, improving life for everyone.' Gareth Powell, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: 'There is great potential for more walking and cycling journeys across London, particularly in east London. 'The response to this consultation has been overwhelming and has helped provide a clear message on the key design elements for the crossing. 'We are now working with Atkins, our design and engineering consultants, and local stakeholders to develop an accessible and achievable crossing that links to new and proposed walking and cycling routes on both sides of the river.'