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New London bridge plan makes progress

New London bridge plan makes progress

A designer has been appointed for a project to construct a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Thames in east London. 

London mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed that Arcadis has been appointed for this job as the project takes shape. The crossing will link Rotherhithe with the Isle of Dogs, a connection that at present can only be made by private boat or via the Jubilee line on the London Underground between Canada Water and Canary Wharf.

The next phase in the project will be the search for a design and build construction partner, which will take place over the course of the autumn. A preferred bidder will be named in the new year and the construction of the bridge is expected to be complete in 2020 or 2021.

Although the projected cost is £100 million, Mr Khan told the Greater London Assembly this figure is based on "an existing design which is a number of years old". He added: "There may now be innovations which are quicker, cheaper and higher quality".

Whatever the final cost, the development will be the latest response to an identified need for more river crossings in the east of the capital. The Silvertown Tunnel will help supplement those at Rotherhithe and Blackwall, while the building of new bridges will correct a situation where at present there are none between Tower Bridge and the M25. Other solutions in the pipeline include the Thames Gateway Bridge - a road crossing to be built at Thamesmead. 

Improving east London's connections is important because that side of the city is expected to absorb the bulk of its population growth as the number of residents rises past the ten million mark by the early 2030s. 

Other developments on the east side of the capital that TfL have been working on include the extension of London Overground to Barking Riverside.

The 4.5 km spur will serve the community of 10,000 homes being constructed around the site of the former Barking Power Station, with Mr Khan giving the project the green light last week.

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