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London River Park to review floating walkway scheme

The promoter of the £60M London River Park floating walkway is to re-visit its design following objections from local residents and river regulator Port of London Authority.

In a letter to the City of London’s Planning and Transportation Department, developer London River Park said it is reviewing the scheme to take into account feedback from local residents and river users, which will put the construction date beyond the Olympics.

London River Park — comprising architect Gensler, project manager Mace and private investor Venus — originally intended to have the walkway in place for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year. However, the project now requires further discussion with the Port of London Authority before it can be granted a licence to construct in the Thames and the planning decision date has been put back to February from November last year.

A spokesman from the City of London confirmed that the scheme is on its planning and transportation committee’s agenda for February.

Concerns had previously been raised over whether the scheme could speed up and divert the river flow on the Thames, which in turn poses the risk of scour to bridge abutments along the route.

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