Campaigners for a footbridge between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf received a boost last week when Transport for London granted £170,000 for an “advance feasibility” study.
The proposed 400-metre long bridge would span the Thames between the north of the borough and the Isle of Dogs, with an opening section in the middle that would allow ships to pass.
Currently, commuters between Rotherhithe and Canada Water have no option but to spend £1.70 for a one-stop, two-minute journey on the Jubilee Line.
A spokesperson for Sustrans, the pedestrian, cyclist and public transport charity behind the project, said the bridge would provide a “healthier travel option” for thousands of people.
Chief Executive Malcolm Shepherd said: “It could enable millions of sustainable cross-river journeys and make it far easier for people to choose a healthier travel option. With high-quality links to destinations either side, it will make walking and cycling a real choice for hundreds of thousands of residents, workers and visitors.”
London’s population is expected to reach 10m by 2030, with a third of this growth expected in the east of the capital.
Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor for Transport, added: “We urgently need more crossings – for all types of transport users. So we are delighted to be able to offer this funding to help progress Sustrans’ proposed cycling and walking bridge.”
Subject to the results of the feasibility study and subsequent negotiations, the bridge could be delivered by 2020.