Transport study modelling effect of Canada Water developments over six months delayed

Josh Salisbury (20 February, 2019) Transport

"My worry is that the time everyone realises that the transport infrastructure is not there, it will be too late to do anything about it."

6184The study modelling the transport impact of development in the Canada Water area has been delayed

A report into the impact of development at Canada Water on local transport routes has been delayed by over six months.

The study, jointly commissioned by Southwark Council and TfL in February 2017 aims to model “transport interventions” needed at Canada Water by 2031 if the area is developed.

Transport for London planners had expected the recommendations to be published in summer, after being completed by July last year.

Concern has been raised about the impact on local transport routes from development including the Canada Water Masterplan and the Convoys Wharf plans in the heart of nearby Deptford.

Surrey Docks ward councillor, Nick Johnson, said: “I’m surprised they are delaying the report. I hope it’s published in good time for the planning committee meeting which will be in April at the earliest.

“My worry is that the time everyone realises that the transport infrastructure is not there, it will be too late to do anything about it.”

Up to the 3,000 homes will be provided by the British Land development.

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Cllr Johnson Situ, cabinet member for growth, development and planning, said the council had been working closely on the study with TfL “to establish where the challenges and opportunities are at Canada Water.”

He said: “All the technical work on the report has now been completed. The report is taking a little longer to analyse and write up than we had hoped, but this is being done and we expect the final report to be available by the end of March.

“Together with TFL we are already working to improve transport in the area and are hugely excited by the imminent consultation on the most recent proposals for a bridge connecting Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf.”

TfL has said a bridge is its preferred option for the river crossing. Work is ongoing for the design before further public consultation, but a ferries option has not been ruled out.

Crossrail – which is currently delayed – and a proposed Bakerloo Line extension is also expected to relieve overcrowded transport in the Canada Water area.

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