"Bridge East London" Would Have a Thames-Spanning Cycle Path

By Gerald Lynch on at

If you live in the East End of London, it can be a bit of a chore to get across the river on foot or by car. While West Londoners are served with a bridge for every 250,000 people, Eastenders have to slum it with 1.7 million other residents across bridges on their side of the city.

A new project backed by the London Chamber of Commerce, looks to alleviate the strain. Calling upon architects HOK and Arup, it's looking to have a £600 million new "Bridge East London" erected, linking Beckton and Thamesmead at Gallions Reach. If developed, it could bring as much as £55.7 million to the economy each year, providing alternate bus routes through the capital and a dedicated cycle lane across the river. With the population of East London expected to grow by 1.5 million over the next 20 years, it can't come soon enough. [Standard]