Fish Island Bridge

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2017
Reference: 
2017/2073
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) plans to remove the dedicated cycle and pedestrian bridge from Monier Road in Fish Island to the new Sweetwater development in the Olympic Park and replace it with a vehicular bridge. A vehicular bridge is already located less than 250 metres north of the planned new bridge. Sweetwater will also have a new road built to link it to Waterden Road to connect with the A12, less than a kilometre away. As rat running is already a real issue in the Olympic Park will you either cancel plans to build this bridge or commit to more modal filters in the area?

Answer

Answer for Fish Island Bridge

Answer for Fish Island Bridge

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The planning committee of the LLDC will consider at their next meeting plans for 2 bridges connecting Fish Island to Sweetwater on the edge of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Under consideration is one new dedicated pedestrian and cycle bridge (known as H16) and a replacement for an existing pedestrian bridge to allow for all modes including vehicular traffic but retaining dedicated provision for pedestrians and cyclists (known as H14).

The H14 all modes bridge is anticipated to have a speed limit of 20mph and has a narrow road width. It is unlikely that there will be an issue of rat running, as this connection would not provide any journey time savings or represent an obvious short cut for anyone using the existing strategic road network.

These bridges are part of the regeneration strategy for the area which is designed to rectify some of the long standing problems of isolation, caused by the large numbers of waterways and major trunk roads which have had a long term debilitating effect on the immediate local economy. I am informed that the construction of these bridges will help ensure that the Hackney Wick and Fish Island communities will have access to the world classfacilities of QEOP, including the new schools, thousands of new homes, healthcare centres and other amenities. This will be a significant economic and social benefit for local residents.