TfL starts design work for ‘turn up and go’ ferry between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf

Updated: Mar 8, 2020

The first artist impression of what a new proposed ferry between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf could look like has been revealed by Transport for London (TfL).

The new service, which would provide a ‘clean and fast ferry service’ across the Thames, would aim to encourage more walking and cycling across London.

It would link directly into wider walking and cycling routes across the area, including the Thames Path and the proposed Rotherhithe Cycleway along Lower Road and Rotherhithe Street, and new cycle routes between Hackney and the Isle of Dogs.

Since making the decision in July 2019 to no longer progress a walking and cycling bridge between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf due to costs and affordability, TfL has been carrying out further work to develop a more affordable proposal for a ferry crossing.

To support the next stage of design work, TfL has now appointed the consultant Steer to assess different operating models on how TfL would run the service, including whether sponsorship and subsidy of the service could be used to make it free to customers.

A second public consultation, seeking feedback on the final design options for the piers, ferries and how it will connect with the local area will be carried out later this summer.

Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “We are absolutely committed to improving cross-river connectivity for cyclists and pedestrians, particularly in east London where there is a pressing need.

“This new rapid ferry service between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf would make it even easier for Londoners to get around the capital by bike or on foot and would bring a boost to businesses in the area.

“It's exciting to see these plans starting to take shape and I look forward to seeing more detailed proposals later in the year.”

Image credit: Transport for London

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