Cycling charity Sustrans drawing up feasibility study

Cycling and walking charity Sustrans is set to complete a feasibility study into a new cycle bridge at Canary Wharf.

Transport for London and local businesses have provided £200,000 to look into the possibility of a crossing linking the Isle of Dogs with Rotherhithe which would create a new route into Canary Wharf.

The east London bridge would be 400m long and would open in the middle to allow ships to pass. Campaigners believe it could halve journey times by bike into the area.

The bridge could be open by 2020 and Malcolm Shepherd, the chief executive of Sustrans, said it would reduce pressure on the Jubilee line and local roads.

“It will make walking and cycling a real choice for hundreds of thousands of residents, workers and visitors,” he added.

No formal design has been drawn up but Sustrans said it could be similar to Wilkinson Eyre’s peace bridge (pictured) in Londonderry, which opened four years ago.