New bridge plan submitted in east London over river Lea

East London could see a new bridge after plans were submitted for a structure over the River Lea.

This is Lochnagar bridge – or the Ailsa bridge to give an alternative name – that will link a number of new housing developments to transport links.

It’s far from the only bridge proposed, with Newham Council’s page here highlighting others nearby on the drawing board. The River Lea divides both Newham and Tower Hamlets borough.

A number of bridges planned

One aspiration is to shorten walking time to Star Lane DLR station on the Stratford branch from Woolwich Arsenal.


A number of large residential developments are located nearby, including Calico Wharf where 783 homes are approved.

That site is owned by Risland, a company owned by Chinese developer Country Garden which has recently seen huge difficulties and made a vast loss.

This week it warned it could default on its debts.

Further south Poplar Riverside are currently underway nearby with 2,800 set for the site.


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Integration with future development

Construction of the bridge could begin in 2024 if approved with the bridge open for public use in 2025.

The planning application can be viewed here.




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