This will create a much needed new route across the Thames in east London and benefit communities on both sides of the river.

It will link into nearby cycle routes and help encourage more people to walk and cycle in line with the Mayor's Healthy Streets approach for London

The proposal forms part of the Mayor's wider package of river crossings and new walking and cycling infrastructure in east London as set out in his Manifesto and the Mayor's Transport Strategy.

A new river crossing would give thousands of people a direct, above ground link between Canada Water and Canary Wharf, and support jobs and new homes in the area.

We have worked with the engineering consultants Arcadis and Knight Architects to review the need for a new crossing and explore different options to make sure the crossing chosen is value for money. We considered design and engineering issues and modelled demand for different crossings at this location, as well as speaking to local residents and stakeholders.

This work led to a shortlist of three options:

  • Enhanced ferry service
  • Navigable bridge that opens to allow river traffic to pass through
  • Tunnel

These options were assessed on their ability to meet the scheme's objectives, likely costs, potential benefits and possible impact.


So far, a navigable bridge is our preferred option and we're investigating it in greater detail. Londoners gave their views on this decision, and other options such as a specific location, during our public consultation in late 2017/early 2018. The consultation report is on the Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf crossing consultation page.

While our preference is for a navigable bridge, no final decisions have been made and Londoners are welcome to recommend alternative designs or options as part of the consultation process.

Next steps

Based on responses to this consultation, we will decide the most appropriate form of crossing and continue to develop more detailed designs, together with a construction timeline.

We then expect to consult on the designs for the crossing in 2018. This will allow local residents, visitors and commuters to comment on the proposed designs before they are completed and submitted as part of any consents application in 2019.