New walkway links Tower Hamlets with Newham

Lea Walkway 2

Residents in Aberfeldy and Leamouth will enjoy better transport links thanks to a new walkway between Tower Hamlets and Newham.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, joined his Newham counterpart, Rokhsana Fiaz, on Friday to officially open a new walkway that will increase access for pedestrians and cyclists travelling along the River Lea.

The £593,000 project, which took nine months to build, links Canning Town Station in Newham and Silvocea Way in Tower Hamlets, avoiding the busy A13.

Mayor Biggs said: “I’m delighted that this important Lea River Park connection is now complete. It has been many years in the making and I know it was no easy feat.

“It will provide a great link to Canning Town for the residents of Tower Hamlets and specifically from Aberfeldy Estate, away from the busy A13.

“I’m looking forward to working on more projects with Mayor Fiaz, including the new parks, footpaths, cycle and pedestrian bridges proposed along the River Lea.”

The path contributes to the ambition, shared by both boroughs, to link the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the River Thames with one route.

Mayor Fiaz said: “This path will provide residents with the opportunity to choose alternative methods of travelling around London, for example walking or cycling, which will help to contribute to reducing pollution and help Newham reach its target of being carbon neutral by 2030 and carbon zero by 2050.

“This new walkway will make walking and cycling to work a viable option for many more people in the two boroughs. It also opens up the River Lea River Park and will allow Newham to make the most of its waterways.”

Aberfeldy LLP, a joint venture between Poplar HARCA and EcoWorld London to develop the Aberfeldy Village project, contributed £30,000 towards landscaping, tree planting, graffiti cleaning, light columns and surfacing works on the path.

Posted on Wednesday 23rd October 2019