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Rotherhithe Crossing remains ‘long-term aspiration’ for TfL despite project pause

Transport for London (TfL) has recommitted to creating a crossing between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf.

Design work on a proposed electric ferry crossing was paused in April 2020 due to the impact of Covid-19.

The project remains paused, however TfL papers released ahead of next week’s Programmes and Investment Committee reveal that the crossing “remains a longer-term aspiration”.

The papers add: “Due to the catastrophic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on TfL’s finances, it was necessary to reprioritise the investment programme, which included pausing several projects such as the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf Crossing.

“In April 2020, design work was stopped, and the project remains paused, but it remains a longer-term aspiration.”

TfL changed its focus to a ferry in June 2019 after costs on a proposed pedestrian bridge went up to £600M, almost twice as much as TfL had budgeted for.

Proposals under consideration include a an electric, self-docking and self-charging ferry service devised by Beckett Rankine and Thames Clippers.

As revealed by NCETfL had opted for a 90m tall vertical lift bridge, which spans 180m, as its preferred option for the structure which would have been the world’s longest and tallest vertical lift bridge.

In total, TfL spent £13M drawing up proposals for a bridge between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf, before the plan was axed.


Department of Civil Engineering