Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Canary Wharf Cycle Bridge 'Can Take Load off Roads'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Canary Wharf Cycle Bridge 'Can Take Load off Roads'

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Byline: RossLydall

A NEW bridge for cyclists and pedestrians could be built across the Thames in East London.

Transport for London and local businesses have provided PS200,000 to investigate the feasibility of the crossing, which would link the Isle of Dogs and Rotherhithe and provide a new route to Canary Wharf.

The 400m-long lightweight bridge would open in the middle to allow ships to pass. It is estimated that journey times across the river for cyclists would be halved. Subject to approval and funding, the bridge could open by 2020.

Walking and cycling charity Sustrans is due to complete the feasibility study by next month. Formal designs have yet to be ratified but Sustrans says it could be similar to the Peace Bridge it built across the Foyle in Londonderry.

With the capital's population predicted to hit 10 million by 2030, the bridge would reduce pressure on the Jubilee line and on roads.

Malcolm Shepherd, chief executive of Sustrans, said: "It could enable millions of sustainable cross-river journeys and make it far easier for people to choose a healthier travel option. …

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