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Southwark Labour Councillors condemn TfL decision to halt work on Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf Bridge


21 June 2019

Rotherhithe Labour Councillors have today written to Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport, to condemn the decision to halt work on the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf pedestrian bridge, and to urge TfL’s Finance Committee to reconsider.

 

A Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf bridge would reduce pressure on existing river crossings, improve links between the two areas, and encourage walking and cycling. Air pollution is already a serious issue around the Rotherhithe Tunnel, and a new pedestrian and cycling bridge would make it significantly easier for people to ditch their cars and use healthier, more environmentally friendly ways of crossing the river.

 

Cllrs Kath Whittam, Stephanie Cryan, and Bill Williams said:

 

“We, like over 90% of local residents, back the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf bridge, which is why we are so disappointed that TfL have decided to halt work on the scheme.  With existing river crossings being seriously overcrowded it is clear that this bridge is vitally needed, and would improve the lives of residents on both sides of the river.

 

We understand that there are funding pressures on TfL but they have serious questions to answer about how their estimated cost has more than doubled. We completely condemn TfL’s decision, and we urge them to reconsider.”

 

Councillor Johnson Situ said:

 

“A bridge linking Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf will not just provide a new crossing to an underserved part of London but also promote walking and cycling. We know the bridge has public backing, so It is disappointing to hear TfL will not be progressing with plans for the next stage.”

 

Whilst we understand that reduce funding from central government to TfL is putting a huge strain on TfL and its resources, today both Rotherhithe Labour councillors and this Labour led Council have written to TfL to urge them to reconsider”

 



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