Issue date: 31 January 2011
Would you take out a credit card that gave up to 1% cash back to IWA ? Funding for a £2.4 million project to construct a new waterside pathway and bridge at the A11 / A12 junction in Bow is now in place and work is due to start on site next month. Funders London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, British Waterways, Olympic Delivery Authority, Transport for London, Design for London and Walk London have come together to give walkers and cyclists a much more pleasant, and safer, alternative to the busy road crossing at Bow flyover.
Until now people following the River Lee Navigation north or south between Three Mills Island, the Olympic site and the Lee Valley Park beyond, had to leave the towpath at this point. Now a suspended waterside path below the flyover, and a bridge to the north of it, will be constructed, creating continuous 28-mile waterside walking and cycling route from the Thames at Limehouse all the way to Ware and Hertford. The new riverside crossing will provide a safe commuter route for those living and working in the local area and additional access to the Olympic Park and new residential developments at Sugar House Lane, Bromley-by- Bow North and South. By establishing additional linkages in the area and routes to the waterside, the project is also expected to drive further investment and development in this part of east London and is part of the wider waterside renaissance that's been seen across the capital in recent years.
The project will make it easier for people to access and explore the Lee Valley Regional Park and the pathways which follow the waterway through it. Reed-planting in the final phase of the project will also bring environmental benefits, providing an enhanced habitat for birds and fish.