Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sustrans Brunel Bridge - News?

I've just seen a link from RotherhitheWhatsOn (on Twitter @WorgInfo) to the Londonist website where five innovative ideas for the future of London are mentioned.  They were apparently discussed in a conference earlier this week.  I did wonder if something about the bridge had been aired recently because a journalist contacted me yesterday to ask if I had an opinion on the subject on the bridge.  The Londonist article (at ) states that Annette Jezierska from Sustrans estimates 30,000 new jobs in Canary Wharf and 20,000 new homes becoming available at Canary Wharf alone and goes on to ask "Canada Water station is already logjammed during peak hours; how on earth is it going to cope with all these new people?"  As the Londonist page says, one of the proposed solutions to the traffic and public transport problems is the Brunel Bridge, which would go from Durand's Wharf on Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf.

Earlier this year Sustrans was given £200,000 to research the proposal in detail but I have not heard of the output from this research project having been published, and without seeing precisely what is being proposed it is a bit difficult to form any sort of opinion about the viability, the logistics and the impacts.

There's a story about it today on The Guardian website:  http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/nov/24/revealed-the-new-thames-bridge-proposal-thats-a-no-brainer 

When anyone hears anything new about the bridge I'd be grateful for any updates.  My email address is in the header at the top of the blog if you would like to get in touch.  

The Brunel Bridge website is at: http://brunelbridge.london/.

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