Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf bridge

MQT on 2019-10-17
Session date: 
October 17, 2019
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please publish in full, including a breakdown of each major item of expenditure, TfL’s estimates of the cost of a Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf bridge.


Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf bridge

Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf bridge

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Following the Transport Committee session on 19 July, attended by Heidi Alexander, my Deputy Mayor for Transport, Transport for London (TfL) provided to the Committee a breakdown of the costs for the bridge, which are set out below. The session on 19 July also included a detailed discussion on how the costs were produced and the process of engagement TfL conducted with industry to verify the estimates were robust.  It would not be appropriate to share an item-by-item breakdown of expenditure, as although the bridge option has been paused, it may be something that is reconsidered in future. If the circumstances were to change, TfL would want to ensure best value for the public sector. 


Concept design for central lifting bridge @ 12m height May 2019 Estimate Comments
Construction costs £183m Lifting bridge on latest alignment, including 90m high towers, 550m approach spans, 171m main span, landscaping and public realm works to Durand’s Wharf, concrete ship impact protection with eco concrete details.
Indirect costs £43m Design, surveys, supervision and associated costs
Risk £91m Allowance on construction, indirect costs and inflation at 40 per cent in accordance with Treasury & TfL guidance
Land (including risk) £46m  
Inflation  £100m Based on the latest BCIS indices of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Point estimate outtrun prices  £463m  
Range  £370m to £602m A cost range of -20 per cent to +30 per cent has been applied based on design maturity and market sounding