In addition to bringing Canary Wharf, the DLR and Crossrail within cycling distance of the Rotherhithe penninsula, the bridge will provide immeasurable benefits by connecting cycle routes on both sides of the river.
It will connect cycle routes 4 (from Greenwich and Deptford), 425 (from Peckham and Bermondsey) and the Thames Path at Durrand Wharf on the Rotherhithe side with cycle routes 1, 13 and CS3 on the Canary Wharf side.
Access to CS3 will be particularly important because this provides a premium cycle route to the City of London.
In addition, it enables direct access from CS3 to the newly agreed East-West cycle superhighway (map below) from CS3 at Tower Gateway to the Westway/Paddington/Lancaster Gate area, and the North-South cycle superhighway, providing access between Kings Cross and Elephant & Castle.
The Brunel Bridge would thereby dramatically improve cycling access via the superhighways to key parts of London:
- Canary Wharf
- City of London
- West End
- Several MainLine railway stations
Black – Proposed Bridge
Pink – National Cycle Route (Routes 1, 4, 13, 425)
Blue – Cycle Superhighway CS3
Purple – Local cycle network (London Network 183 and Rotherhithe Street)