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River Lee pedestrian crossing plans unveiled

Plans for a new lifting pedestrian bridge over the River Lee in east London were revealed this week.

Consultant Davies Maguire & Whitby has developed an outline design for developer Ballymore Group as part of plans for new commercial and housing units on Limmo Peninsula just 3km from the Olympic Park.

The proposed 81m long bridge is a vital part of Ballymore’s plans to redevelop the Peninsula as it provides a link to Canning Town station.

Local council Tower Hamlets granted planning permission for the bridge last month. The steel structure consists of a single truss - 81m long and up to 8m high -with a 3.1 wide footway.

The bridge will have four hydraulic lifting rams - two on each embankment - to move the structure 4m up allowing vessels to pass. Tendering for the bridge isunderway with a design and build contractor due to be announced next year.

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  • There seems to be a passion for lifting bridges. There are a number of very ingenious lifting and swing bridges along the banks of the Thames between London Bridge and Canary Wharf which I suspect have never actually operated in anger. To have a lift bridge which rises just 4m seems ludicrous to me as footbridges over roads are generally designed with a clearance of 5m.


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