Plans have been put forward for a new cycling and pedestrian bridge to go over the River Lea in east London, filling a 2km gap where there are no river crossings at the moment.

CGI of the new bridge (c) Knight Architects

To be known as the Lochnagar Bridge, it will sit, unsurprisingly, at the end of Lochnagar Street on the Tower Hamlets side of the river, crossing over to Newham, close to the Cody Dock. At the moment, both sides are former industrial plots progressively being redeveloped into housing, and the need for a crossing in this part of the river will become more pronounced over time.

As the two nearest crossings are also busy roads, a cycle/pedestrian crossing will likely be more appealing to users.

Local area map (c) Knight Architects

The 63-metre span bridge will vary in width from 4.3 metres at the edges to 4.9 metres in the middle – complying with the minimum width of 4 metres set in TfL’s London Cycling Design Standards 2014 guidelines for bridges with shared pedestrian and cyclist use.

One side of the bridge is also designed to have a thicker wall toped with timbers, which can act as a bench for people to sit on.

Due to the difficulty of fitting in a bridge that’s both high enough for boats on the river, but also didn’t have a very long ramp or lift between the pavement and the bridge, they’ve come up with a design that allows the bridge to be lower than the Port of London would usually allow, and then raise the bridge when needed for boats to pass.

The planning documents suggest that the bridge would only be opened in “exceptional occasions”. Those occasional closures are substantially offset by the rest of the time not needing a lift to carry a bike or pram up and down it.

The plans are now up for review by the two councils on either side of the river.

CGI of the new bridge (c) Knight Architects

This might not be the only bridge though, as the council has also identified two other locations for future development, further to the south of the proposed Lochnagar Bridge, at Poplar Rach and Mayer Parry.


Be the first to know what's on in London, and the latest news published on ianVisits.

You can unsubscribe at any time from my weekly emails.

Tagged with:

This website has been running now for over a decade, and while advertising revenue contributes to funding the website, it doesn't cover the costs. That is why I have set up a facility with DonorBox where you can contribute to the costs of the website and time invested in writing and research for the news articles.

It's very similar to the way The Guardian and many smaller websites are now seeking to generate an income in the face of rising costs and declining advertising.

Whether it's a one-off donation or a regular giver, every additional support goes a long way to covering the running costs of this website, and keeping you regularly topped up doses of Londony news and facts.

If you like what you read on here, then please support the website here.

Thank you

  1. Dan says:

    It’s great to see some progress with this. The completion of the Leaway (aka the “Fat Walk” post-olympics!) is taking a very very long time.

  2. Dan says:

    If you want to see a truly apocalyptic scene go and check out Lochnagar Street on Google Streetview!!

  3. Geoff Cosson says:

    I hope that it will also be possible to re-open the riverside walk south-east of Cody Dock. This will obviously allow walkers & cyclists to avoid the long diversion through the industrial estate, on their way towards Trinity Buoy Wharf and the Thames.
    Does anyone have news of this?

  4. Ralph Hardwick says:

    Where did you get 4 meters as a width for bi-directional cycling and pedestrian use from? Does not identify this dimension in the document you referred to. The document is only for cycling, not for pedestrians as well.

    Bridges are not tracks either as you are hemmed in due to railings and walls, tracks are more open.

    Is a 10 year old document relevant for today’s needs?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Home >> News >> Architecture