The Sustrans Feasibility Study


See full text of the study at http://www.sustrans.org.uk/bikebridge

2 March 2016

“The bridge will showcase innovative design and engineering, by creating a new landmark for London that would be a world first”

In summer 2015, Sustrans received funding of £200,000 from TFL and local companies to produce a feasibility study,  which was published today.  The main points are as follows:

    • The preferred crossing point is between Durrands Wharf in Rotherhithe and the impounding dock in Canary Wharf.  Consideration was given to sight lines for river traffic,  the location of the Jubilee Line under the river bed, availability of landing points  on each side etc. We understand that there is agreement in principal from key stakeholders on each side and from the Port of London Authority
    • A variety of crossing options (including cable car!) was considered and the bridge is the most viable option
    • There is a strong positive benefit:cost ratio,  providing a sound economic case
    • Segregation will be provided between pedestrians (4m width) and cyclists (5m width)
    • On the North bank,  the bridge will lead onto a ramp over the Riverside South public space and onto Westferry Circus
    • The proposed closed clearance of 20m above Mean High Water would require the bridge to open 3 times per day,  with most lifts published in advance.
    • A combination of ramps, lifts and stairs will offer access options for all users at both ends
    • Improved cycle routes will be provided in the surrounding areas
    • The most suitable bridge type would be a bascule bridge [Editors note:  eg an independent  initiative at www.rotherhithebridge.london] or a vertical lift bridge
    • The bridge would provide a strategic cross-river connection, offering significant journey time reductions to people on foot, bike, and mobility aids, where there are no suitable river crossings east of Tower Bridge. It would become one of the most popular cycle routes in the capital
    • It will be free,  and open 24hrs/day
    • It will facilitate a mode shift to cycling and walking from the Underground and DLR, increasing levels of physical activity
  • It will be constructible by 2020, in line with development milestones in the area