The London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC) has approved plans for a new green link that will connect the Thames with the 2012 Olympic site, it has announced.
As part of the plans, the project will see the construction of a wide path alongside the River Lea in east London.
A new link at the Bow Lock, and a bridge over the River Lea at Poplar Reach are also included as part of the plans.
Later phases in the construction of the link, dubbed the “Fatwalk”, will see it joined to the central concourse of the Olympic Park, providing continuity between the parkland areas.
When complete, the Fatwalk will be 41.8km long, and will give people the opportunity to walk from the East Indian Dock Basin on the Thames, to Ware, in Hertfordshire.
Peter Andrews, chief executive of the LTGDC, said the plan to connect London’s green belt to the Thames had been something city planners had wanted since 1944.
He added that the pathway would allow walkers to enjoy picturesque scenes of the capital.
“The Fatwalk and the Lea River Park project will open up East London’s riverside to Londoner’s, creating a truly special place, while unlocking the immense regeneration potential within,” said Andrews.