Q&A

We catch up with the pedes­trian and cy­cle bridge to Rother­hithe

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Re­mind me, what’s all this about? There’s a pro­posal for a bridge be­tween West In­dia Dock Im­pound­ing Sta­tion on the Isle Of Dogs and Du­rand’s Wharf in Rother­hithe. Is that where they keep the stray ca­nines? No, the sta­tion is ac­tu­ally where the pumps that keep the water in the docks around Ca­nary Wharf at a con­stant level are lo­cated. The lo­ca­tion of the bridge would of­fer Ca­nary Wharf work­ers an al­ter­na­tive to the Ju­bilee line for get­ting across the river. Go on then, I can tell you’re en­thu­si­as­tic... Too right. There’s a pro­posal in place from re­Form Ar­chi­tects and El­liott Wood en­gi­neers to de­liver the cross­ing called, unimag­i­na­tively, Rother­hithe Bridge. I’m so happy for you. When will it be built? Ah well, Trans­port for Lon­don is cur­rently study­ing lev­els of de­mand and fund­ing op­tions for the bridge and work­ing with the Port of Lon­don Au­thor­ity on how it would af­fect and be af­fected by river traf­fic. We are get­ting it, right? De­spite re­Form putting for­ward its idea yonks ago, Mayor Of Lon­don Sadiq Khan ap­pointed Knight Ar­chi­tects and con­sul­tants Ar­cadis last month to draw up a brief. Next month they’ll be­gin the process of find­ing a con­trac­tor, which might be re­Form. Is it slip­ping away? Well, not ev­ery­one loves it as much as me. Tower Ham­lets coun­cil­lor An­drew Wood is con­cerned there isn’t the de­mand. He says res­i­dents are con­cerned it will be too high and could block their views. He also says the bridge could be out-of-ac­tion for up to 45 min­utes as large ships pass. So I’ll just be sit­ting there on my bike? Lead ar­chi­tect at re­Form Nik Ran­dall, who cre­ated the de­sign says that would only hap­pen six times a year and a ser­vice could be set up to alert cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans to clo­sures. He also says the bridge would open less fre­quently as it will be 20m above the water

(Tower Bridge is 8.6m). Are there other op­tions? A tun­nel and an en­hanced ferry ser­vice are also be­ing con­sid­ered. Tfl says the ferry would cost the least and be de­liv­ered quick­est, while the tun­nel would cost more. What’s the cost of the bridge? El­liott Wood es­ti­mates the con­struc­tion costs be­tween £88mil­lion-£100mil­lion. Tower Ham­lets Coun­cil be­lieves it could be closer to £150mil­lion. Phew, that’s a lot. So what’s next? A TfL short­list of bid­ders in De­cem­ber, a con­sul­ta­tion in Jan­uary and de­liv­ery by 2020 or sooner. Rachel Bishop

When will I be able to cy­cle over the Thames?

The re­Form de­sign

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