A speculative idea for a bridge placed beside the Thames Barrier has been revealed today.
The lifting bridge would be accessible to those on foot and cycles. Beckett Rankine are behind the scheme alongside architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.
However, this is purely speculative so don’t get too excited. TfL are so short of cash they are struggling to fund schemes in planning for decades let alone ideas drawn up now at a very early stage – and if you’re being cynical a nice bit of PR.
Still, I expect some of the press will go mad and report this like it’s a given.
A video of the proposal can be seen below:
Those behind plans say they are talking to Newham and Greenwich Council. Plans for 7,500 homes in Charlton are in place. I recently covered plans for 1,350 new homes.
North of the Thames is the 3,400 Royal Wharf scheme which has seen a 300% increase at DLR stations in just two years.
It would however need investment from central and regional government. Tellingly, there is no proposed cost. Still, if we get a new Chancellor willing to invest in infrastructure or greater devolution, we may get something similar one day.