Wednesday, August 13, 2008

More re Rotherhithe bridge


The following is an extract from an article on the above page entitled Projects - Thames Bridge:

A cycle and walking bridge crossing from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf would be a boon to those who travel to Canary Wharf regularly. It would encourage cycling, reduce the burden on one of the busiest stretches of the tube network, and help to regenerate the Southwark/Rotherhithe area.

Sustans, the UK’s leading sustainable transport charity, is working directly towards these aims. From the Executive Summary of Thames Bridge Preliminary Report into the bridge:

In the months following the announcement in July 2005 that London was to host the 2012 Olympic Games, Sustrans has been working alongside Transport for London and other organisations to develop GOAL 2012 - Greenways for the Olympics And London.

GOAL 2012 is much more than simply a network of footpaths and cycle routes. GOAL 2012 is an opportunity to
reconnect communities across the whole of London, to help people become more physically active and to provide access for Londoners to green space. It will also help meet the London 2012 promise of a truly sustainable, Low
Carbon Games.

At the early stages in the development of the GOAL 2012 proposal it became apparent that a new Thames crossing for walkers and cyclists would be needed to link communities in south London to the Olympic Park.

Apart from the imperative of the Olympic Games, the expansion of Canary Wharf, Canada Water and the wider Thames Gateway makes the case for a new bridge at Rotherhithe even more compelling. The Olympic Games has provided the impetus for what could become a major new landmark for London - situated in the heart of one the most dynamic regions in the world.

See the above page for more.

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