Momentum is growing, with a number of high profile supporters.
In reverse chronological order
Pledge of support from The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan
“I will… Work to break down some of the city’s physical barriers, such as by backing the Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf cycle and pedestrian bridge”
Source: Mayoral manifesto dated 09 March 2016
“Building the bridge would be a huge boost for jobs and new homes, and
will promote greener ways of getting across the Thames. It’s also a
fantastic opportunity to give this part of London a truly iconic bridge“
Source: Email to the editor dated 14 January 2016
Colin Boyle, Chair, Southwark Green Party
“Sustainable and effective transport links are one of the keys to making London a great place to live and work. The Brunel Bridge will enable many more commuters to make their journeys on foot or by bike, which will also ease pressure on the Jubilee Line – this is especially important given the ongoing increases in the population in Rotherhithe and Canada Water. Southwark Green Party, and the Green Party’s London Assembly Members, wholeheartedly support this development, and will continue to campaign with local people to get the Brunel Bridge built.”
Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey & Old Southwark:
“I’d love to see the bridge go ahead and look forward to campaigning for it alongside local people”
Valerie Shawcross AM, London Assembly Member, Lambeth & Southwark:
“I’ve been a very long standing supporter of the concept of a sustainable transport bridge across the Thames between Rotherhithe Peninsula and Canary Wharf – it would add to London’s growing cycling networks and give excellent healthy walking options for commuters. There are likely to be technical issues about its height, and the sight lines for river traffic but I don’t believe these can’t be overcome with good engineering and design. It’s time that free, healthy & environmentally friendly transport options were given investment priority over fuel-guzzling modes.”
Cllr Lisa Rajan – Surrey Docks Ward, Southwark Council:
“Rotherhithe desperately needs new transport links and the Brunel Bridge would be a vital connection with Canary Wharf and beyond. Many residents of Rotherhithe work at Canary Wharf, and the new bridge would cut journey times, encourage sustainable travel, ease pressure on local buses and the Jubilee line and improve air quality in the area. New developments in our area are likely to bring thousands of new residents to Rotherhithe – it is vitally important that we get new infrastructure to support this growth, and the bridge would be a vital part of that.
I support a new bridge whole-heartedly and I know that residents in the area feel the same.”
Caroline Pidgeon AM – Deputy Chair of the London Assembly’s Transport Committee:
“When one looks at the immense benefits that the Brunel Bridge will bring for its very modest cost, especially in terms of opening up employment opportunities and helping to reduce congestion and pollution in south east and east London, I think it is fair to say that there is no other infrastructure project more worthy of support.”
Simon Hughes, previous MP for Bermondsey & Old Southwark:
“It is clear to me that a river crossing between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf is long overdue.
This is a project which I have championed, and which will make a real difference to the lives of a great many local people.
The government has now made a commitment to take an interest in the proposal for a new cycle and pedestrian bridge, named the Brunel Bridge in tribute to the great father and son pioneers of UK infrastructure.
This is great progress – and I will keep fighting to deliver the Brunel Bridge for the people of Bermondsey, Rotherhithe and the rest of London.”
Quoting from http://www.sustrans.org.uk/news/talks-underway-new-thames-cycle-bridge
Sustrans is currently working to plan and build a new walking and cycling bridge spanning the River Thames between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf.
HM Treasury “National Infrastructure Plan 2014″:
“An interesting proposal made by Sustrans, and worth looking at in more detail, would be a new pedestrian and cycle bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf – which could be called the Brunel Bridge in tribute to one of the great figures in the history of UK infrastructure”
Quotations are in shown in reverse chronological order