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Plans for new pedestrian Thames crossing at Canary Wharf revealed

PUBLISHED: 12:28 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:38 08 November 2017

A new river crossing has been proposed for Canary Wharf

A new river crossing has been proposed for Canary Wharf

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Pedestrians and cyclists could benefit from a new river crossing at Canary Wharf.

Transport for London has launched a consultation on a potential new crossing, which would link the business district to Rotherhithe.

It would provide a direct route for people to cross the Thames on foot, rather than use public transport or travel further along the river to use the Greenwich or Woolwich foot tunnels.

The crossing forms part of the mayor of London’s wider plans to increase the number of river crossings in east London and would link into existing and planned cycle routes on both sides of the river.

TfL is inviting people to share their views on the proposals, with the preferred option a navigable bridge that would allow the movement of boats along the river to continue.

Other suggestions include a ferry, which would be cheaper and quicker to deliver but would not attract as many walking or cycling trips, and a tunnel, which would not impact on river users but is predicted to cost significantly more than a bridge.

If the bridge was built, TfL has suggested three possible locations - Westferry Circus to Nelson Dock, and the West India Impound Lock or West India Dock Pier to Durand’s Wharf.

Val Shawcross, deputy mayor for transport, said: “This area of east London has seen huge growth in recent years, and our desire for a dedicated crossing for cyclists and pedestrians shows our real commitment to greener forms of transport across London.

“It will provide vital new connections to work, shopping and leisure facilities for thousands of local residents and provide a new route for commuters into Canary Wharf.

“We now want everyone to have their say before we outline further details of how we can make this ambition a reality.”

A consultation event is set to take place at Alpha Grove Community Centre, on the Isle of Dogs, between 11am and 3pm on Saturday, November 25.

Another event is planned for 8am to 7pm on Thursday, November 30, in the Jubilee line ticket hall of Canary Wharf station.

You can also take part in the online consultation by clicking here before January 8.

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