Transport for London have announce plans to provide a crossing between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf, and are asking the public to give their views in a public consultation.
Options include a pedestrian and cyclist bridge, a ferry or a tunnel, though the bridge is TfL’s clear preference.
Liberal Democrats have declared their full support for the plans, having long campaigned that such a bridge was both much-needed and the best option.
Simon Hughes, the former local Lib Dem MP said
"The launch of a formal TfL consultation on a Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf crossing for cyclists and pedestrians is a good news next step on the path to delivering this plan.
"For many years I have promoted the idea of a pedestrian and cyclist bridge east of Tower Bridge. When in government, I was very pleased to persuade the Treasury and the Mayor of London to back this idea, and welcome the growth of support from many communities, organisations and political leaders. I hope that there will be a huge and positive response to the consultation, making clear how good, popular and useful a cycle and pedestrian bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf will be."
Cllr Damian O’Brien, the Transport spokesperson for Southwark Lib Dems said: “Southwark Liberal Democrats are incredibly pleased to see that progress is being made toward the goal of a pedestrian and cycle bridge from the Rotherhithe peninsular to Canary Wharf. We fully support the bridge as it will ease congestion on the Jubilee line and hopefully convert some commuters away from their cars and onto their cycles or to walk to work instead. We encourage residents and community groups to engage positively with this consultation.”
Caroline Pidgeon, Lib Dem Member of the London Assembly said: ‘“The case for the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf pedestrian and cycle bridge has never been stronger. It will play a vital role in supporting new housing and employment that is growing on both sides of the Thames. It will also help to reduce pressure on the Jubilee Line, especially at Canada Water which repeatedly faces excessive levels of overcrowding.”
Local Lib Dem councillor for Surrey Docks Dan Whitehead said: The confirmation of the Rotherhithe Bridge is fantastic news for local residents an area blighted with terrible transport infrastructure. London Liberal Democrats have been fighting for a bridge here for many years. Now we need to keep the pressure on the Mayor of London and TfL to ensure they deliver the bridge as quickly as possible.’