Thames River Protection Group Against The Rotherhithe Bridge

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The Thames river and Europe's most rapidly developing hub, Canary Wharf (CW), are under threat, as London authorities are planning to build a foot/cycle bridge, linking up Rotherhithe to the western part of the isle of dogs.

 There are many reasons why this bridge is a danger for the environment and the well-being of Londoners especially those living and/or working in the isle of dogs, but we tried to isolate a few which we deem worthy of this fight against another ill-thought colossal superfluous cemented structure, on our beloved river.

 ·       Destruction of a beautiful natural landscape, that has become a touristic hotspot linking the views of the city to those of Canary Wharf,

·       Astronomical cost (£200M+) for little value for local residents when the need for surgeries, schools and basic infrastructures for an ever-growing local population is essential,

·       Damage to an already fragile environmental water life by passers-by who would undoubtedly pollute the river bed on this 24h a day unpoliced structure,

·       The case for such a crossing at this particular location has not been proven at all, by any study, and the figures of the existing crossing at such location (the Hilton ferry) are insignificant to justify such a massive new expenditure.

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION to the decision makers to stop the Rotherhithe Bridge and comment on why you are signing; all feedback is welcome and encouraged. Many thanks for your support.

Email: bridgeactiongroup@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NoRotherhitheBridge/

Twitter: Protect Thames River @Bridge_no

 

 

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Firstly, if built, the so-called Rotherhithe bridge will not only destroy a stunning natural landscape, preventing residents and tourists alike, to enjoy a beautiful view of the river, and the city, including some of the most iconic west end landmarks, but most importantly, it will aggravate further an already ultra-congested area, by increasing the incoming footfall onto CW.

Secondly, the rising cost of construction (from an estimated £85M to £200M and counting) and the burden of annual maintenance, will fall upon the public, whilst at the same time, the isle of dogs residents badly need public expenditure to go on surgeries and schools, in order to cope with an exponentially increasing population. The isle of dogs residents are lacking some basic public services like fire protection (our local fire station is down to a one manned engine at the moment) or police station, since by the time this bridge is built, the latter would have moved from Limehouse to Bethnal Green, making the area even more difficult to secure.

Thirdly, the catastrophic environmental effect of a 24/7 steel structure laying on the river, with the obvious pollution from passers-by throwing their garbage as they cross, should not be underestimated, along with its impact on the river's surroundings wildlife (flora, fauna and sea birds) and a uniquely convoluted landings, making it one of the very few, if not the only bridge in the world, that is not set to cross a river at a 90 degrees angle.

Fourthly, there are already a dozen bridges spanning a few miles crossing the Thames in central London, most of them can be crossed by foot. That is more than is needed. Besides, based on the present traffic between Canada Water and canary wharf, there is no evidence whatsoever that such a bridge would benefit a large enough commuting crowd to be of public interest. A look at the data coming from the Hilton ferry would prove that there is an insignificant number of daily crossings/commutes between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf. If the authorities wanted to prove the case, for such a structure, a river crossing/traffic test could be easily done by improving the existing ferry services making it available to bicycles and pedestrian alike, and compiling the data after a few months.

Finally, our opposition to the bridge is not an opposition to any change that will benefit our neighbourhood when it comes to commuting infrastructures, but this proposed Rotherhithe link in its essence, location, and design is not the answer, so we would be keen to work with the relevant authorities on finding an appropriate solution that can benefit our local area, the Isle of Dogs, Canary Wharf and Tower Hamlets. 

 

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION to the decision makers to stop the Rotherhithe Bridge and comment on why you are signing; all feedback is welcome and encouraged. Many thanks for your support.

Email: bridgeactiongroup@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NoRotherhitheBridge/

Twitter: Protect Thames River @Bridge_no



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