Consultation on plans for South Dock Bridge development

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A bridge in Canary Wharf

A pedestrian and cycle bridge that will link Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs  - easing congestion on the existing South Quay Footbridge (also known as the Wilkinson Eyre Bridge) and significantly cutting journey times across a busy area of Tower Hamlets was given the go ahead for consultation this week.

The proposed ‘South Dock Bridge’ agreed by Tower Hamlets Cabinet will support the large amount of development coming forward on South Quay and the Isle of Dogs and will relieve congestion on the existing South Quay Footbridge and the DLR.

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

The council has committed Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds to fund the next phases of development and  intends to make a further contribution towards the delivery of the bridge at a later stage.

Now detailed design work will start to assess how the bridge project will impact on the following issues: 

  • Air quality
  • Biodiversity
  • The environmental
  • Heritage
  • Lighting
  • Noise and vibration
  • Transport
  • Wind impact

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:

“I have called for this bridge to be built long before I was Mayor, so am delighted that I’ve managed to finally get things moving. The Isle of Dogs requires infrastructure to match the development in the area, relieve congestion on the existing bridge and improve cycling and pedestrian access. I’m committed to delivering this for residents.”

Councillor Amina Ali, Cabinet member for Environment  added:

“As a council we have set out to reduce the impacts of traffic on our residents, making our borough one of the best in London to walk or cycle in."

Residents of the borough will have the chance to comment on the design of the bridge via an on-line consultation as well as having the opportunity to give comments by post. The consultation will start on 12 February 2018 and run until March.

Additionally there will be chances to view the designs of the bridge and talk to both representatives of the architects and the council face to face at a series of consultative events that will be announced in the New Year.

Tower Hamlets is the fastest growing borough in the country with a current population of 395,000 that is expected to grow to some 320,000 by 2031.

The area that the bridge will serve is one of the densest areas in Tower Hamlets. Providing sufficient housing and infrastructure to meet the current and future demand is a strategic priority for London’s Local Authorities, the Mayor for London and the Government.

The borough’s emerging Local Plan identifies that the Isle of Dogs and South Poplar will need to accommodate 30,601 new homes and 78,975 new jobs by 2031. 

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

The South Dock Bridge is proposed to be completed in 2020; will be subject to a consultation between February and March 2018 when the public will be given the opportunity to have their say on the design of the proposals.

The bridge is likely to cost around £11m and feasibility work has  been funded by a variety of sources including from TfL.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008 (‘the 2008 Act’) as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area. It came into force on 6 April 2010 through the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (‘the 2010 Regulations’).

Posted on Tuesday 2nd January 2018