A lack of bridges East of Tower Bridge
Historically, most London bridges are located in central and western London. This is largely due to economic and practical factors relating the the traditional centres of commerce.
The most Easterly London Bridge is Tower Bridge. This is unusual in that it is a lifting bridge, necessitated by the need for tall ships to access the port facilities in the Pool of London. Its construction to the East of the then most Easterly bridge (London Bridge) was prompted by increasing commercial development in the City and East End of London.
However, the rapid development of the former Docklands areas at Canary Wharf and Rotherhithe has moved the focus further East, and a new bridge is urgently needed.
The business case
Existing Transport capacity problems in SE16: The key transport link in SE16 is the Jubilee line, which is already extremely crowded (and sometime closed for crowd control) at peak times.
Massive further development is imminent on both sides of the river: Further developments in SE16 include the 40 storey Sellar Tower at Canada Water, The Quebec Quarter and the proposed British Land development at the disused printworks (See Canada Water Masterplan). It is believed that the population in the immediate vicinity of Canada Water alone will increase by at least 12,000 in the next couple of years – and in addition there is other ongoing development elsewhere in the SE16 area.
Similarly we will see continued development on the other side of the river at Canary Wharf – we will see growing centres of employment and population divided by the river
- A bridge would open up Canary Wharf to the large and expending residential population in SE16, with immeasurable benefit on both sides of the river.
- Connect cycle routes 4 (from Greenwich), 425 (access from the Peckham and Bermondsey directions) and the Thames Path at Durrand Wharf on the Rotherhithe side with cycle routes 1, 13 and CS3 on the Canary Wharf side allowing a seamless green transport option over a large area
- Access to the DLR at West Ferry and Canary Wharf – improved transport options and relieving pressure on the Jubilee Line
- Access to Crossrail at Canary Wharf, again offering improved transport options and relieving pressure on the Jubilee Line
- Provide Jubilee line passengers an alternative station at Canary Wharf, relieving overcrowding at Canada Water at peak times
- The increasing residential community in Canary Wharf will benefit from access to the open green areas of Russia Dock Woodlands and the Thames Path to Tower Bridge and Greenwich as well as the cycle network on the Rotherhithe side
The Green case