South Dock Bridge consultation starts

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Plans for a pedestrian and cycling bridge that will link South Quay and Canary Wharf  in the Isle of Dogs, ease congestion on the existing South Quay Footbridge (also known as the Wilkinson Eyre Bridge) and significantly reduce journey times across a busy area of Tower Hamlets are being consulted on from 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.

To share your views please visit the South Dock Bridge consultation page where you can submit your comments up until 23 March.

Three consultation events are planned at which you can see plans and speak to officers who are involved in the projects as follows: 

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

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.

The council has 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.

he feedback from the consultation will help inform work on the detailed design of the bridge, with a planning application proposed to be submitted later in the year.

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  said: 

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

This bridge delivers hugely on that commitment for the area - a very much needed and I expect very well used resource. It services our aspiration to have a cleaner greener fitter borough and I look forward to hearing residents views.”

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 will run until 23 March 2018.

Tower Hamlets is the fastest growing borough in the country with a current population of 300,000 that is expected to grow to 395,000 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.

Posted on Monday 12th February 2018