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'World's longest' bascule bridge mooted for London

Bike bridge

A campaign has been launched to get the longest bascule bridge in the world built in east London.

Travel charity Sustrans said the 184m span structure would allow cyclists and pedestrians to cross the Thames between Durand’s Wharf Park in Rotherhithe and Impound Dock at Limehouse Reach near Canary Wharf.

Sustrans published a feasibility study, supported by Transport for London, stating the bridge would cost between £205M and £272M and be used on more than 10,000 cycle trips and 3,000 walking trips a day.

“A bascule bridge would be the longest such bridge in the world, presenting a significant, but attractive, challenge in structural, cycle design and engineering terms,” said the report.

Acting London director at Sustrans Matt Winfield said: “Transport is one of the most acute challenges facing our city and we need new ideas to solve it. A beautifully designed bridge will make cycling and walking a quick, clean and healthy alternative to a busy Tube train.

“If we make it a pleasant, quick option then people will take it. The bridge could effectively empty 15 Tube trains or 160 buses. We need London’s mayoral candidates to pledge to bridge the gap, starting with a design competition to find an exciting and attractive design.”



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