A new pedestrian bridge is being planned for one of the docks in Canary Wharf to relieve congestion on the existing South Quay Footbridge (also, if very infrequently, known as the Wilkinson Eyre Bridge).

The Council’s proposed bridge location aligns with Upper Bank Street and has been selected following the assessment of different locations. The chosen alignment will enable new and existing residents, and other users to better access transport links such as the Jubilee Line and the new Elizabeth Line stations, retail shopping and town centre services in Canary Wharf.

At the moment, 27,000 pedestrians cross the existing bridge every day, the second busiest in London, and it will no longer be able to handle capacity within 3 years, hence the need for another bridge nearby. Also, the new bridge will be easier for cyclists as it wont have steps on the north side.

Tower Hamlets Council has agreed an expenditure of £270,000 for preparatory work, including work on the initial design and consultation to progress the South Dock Bridge Project. The Council has also committed Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding to the next phases of development and intends to make a further contribution towards the delivery of the bridge at a later stage.

A feasibility study undertaken over the last three years estimated that the new bridge will have the London’s second highest pedestrian use – second only to the Millennium Bridge in central London.

If the plans go ahead, the new bridge will open in 2020.

A consultation has now opened, and will run until 23 March 2018 – you can read that document here

In addition, three consultation events are planned:

Tuesday 27 February 2018, 11am-3pm

West Winter Garden, 35 Bank Street E14 5NW

Saturday 3 March 2018, 10am-1pm

Alpha Grove Community Centre, Isle of Dogs, E14 8LH

Thursday 8 March 2018, 5pm-8pm

Canary Wharf Idea Store, Churchill Place E14 5RB


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  1. Chris H says:

    Nice to have another place to cross South Dock, but that will leave just one place alongside Thames Quay where a reasonably large ship can be moored. Ships have been moored alongside South Quay Walk, eg the Deutschland in 2012 – link below – but something that size won’t go there when the bridge is built.

  2. Richard Hart says:

    It would have been nice if anyone had contacted the Scout run Boating Centre that uses the water to teach youngsters, they have already lost 70% of the water they started out with.
    Seems the only thing that matters is money.
    The water will end up a sterile area with no-one using it and give LBTH and Canary Wharf a reason to build over all of it.

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