Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has asked for the acceleration of plans to build a new pedestrian and cycle bridge between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf.
As he outlined a programme to create a set of river crossings in east London in the next 10 years, Khan said at the beginning of October he wanted to speed up the delivery of the bridge in order to make it easier for people south of the river to access the East-West Cycle Superhighway. The new structure would also provide access from the north bank to the Thames Path and the planned new cycle routes throughout Southwark.
A competitive procurement process will be held next year and the new bridge could be open by 2020.
“It’s no secret that London has long needed more river crossings in the east,” said Khan. “With new homes and economic growth across east London, it becomes even more important that we deliver new greener transport links that allow Londoners to cross the river quickly and more easily.
"But we don’t want these to have a damaging impact on our environment, and that’s why I’m pushing forward with crossings that encourage public transport, walking and cycling.”
The mayor’s announcement came as he also presented a series of changes to the proposals for Silvertown Tunnel to make it greener and more public transport-focused, along with plans for a DLR crossing at Gallions Reach.
Khan also said further assessment work was to be carried out for an extension of the Overground from Barking Riverside to Abbey Wood and a ferry between North Greenwich and the Isle of Dogs.
"We've already surpassed one degree of global warming," said Kristen Buida, manager of the London Climate Change Partnership.