The Government has issued a five-year certificate of immunity which prevents the Printworks (formerly Harmsworth Quays) at Canada Water from gaining listed status.
However, the building’s temporary uses have proved so popular that the building may not be flattened in the forthcoming redevelopment of Canada Water. Listen to this Estates Gazette podcast to find out more.
Transport for London claims that recent changes to the road layout on the southern approach to the Rotherhithe Tunnel has had the effect of cutting journey times for buses along Jamaica Road by 2.5 minutes.
In his report to last week’s board meeting, TfL commissioner Mike Brown wrote: “We have delivered more than 80 of our planned 170 bus priority schemes for 2017-18 across 18 London boroughs, both on our roads and borough road networks.
“One such scheme is the creation of an extra lane on the northbound approach to Rotherhithe Tunnel, which is estimated to deliver 2.5 minutes of journey time saving per bus in both directions.
“These schemes have provided aggregated bus journey time savings of more than one hour.”
Transport for London has launched a public consultation on plans for a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists across the Thames from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf.
Two possible landing points on the Rotherhithe side have been presented: Nelson Dock and Durand’s Wharf.
TfL says: “Based on the studies that we have carried out so far, we propose a navigable bridge as our preferred option for a river crossing between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf. Whilst there is a strong case for providing a river crossing, we do not wish to prevent the continued use of the River Thames for the transport of people and goods.”
Val Shawcross, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “It’s great news that we’ve started the formal process for a new walking and cycling crossing between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf. This area of east London has seen huge growth in recent years, and our desire for a dedicated crossing for cyclists and pedestrians shows our real commitment to greener forms of transport across London.
“It will provide vital new connections to work, shopping and leisure facilities for thousands of local residents and provide a new route for commuters into Canary Wharf. We now want everyone to have their say before we outline further details of how we can make this ambition a reality.”
Full details of the consultation – which runs till 8 January 2018 – can be found here.
Transport for London has recently circulated this letter:
I am writing to inform you that for five nights a week from 13 November to 8 December, a series of temporary closures of Rotherhithe Tunnel are planned.
This is so we can carry out essential investigation works and test safety systems in the tunnel.
These investigation works will inform future refurbishment works. We are working overnight to help minimise any inconvenience that may be caused.
How the works may affect you
We plan to close the tunnel, between 22:00 – 05:00, during the following nights:
Monday 13 November – Friday 17 November
Monday 20 November – Friday 24 November
Monday 27 November – Friday 1 December
Monday 4 December – Friday 8 December
The tunnel will re-open at 05:00 each morning following the investigation works.
Temporary traffic diversions, via Tower Bridge, will be signed but please plan ahead, allow more time and use alternative routes where possible.
Please note that while every effort will be made to complete the works as planned, poor weather or unforeseen conditions may result in the works, and associated tunnel closures, being rescheduled at short notice.
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Cyclists and pedestrians
There will be no pedestrian or cyclist access during the investigation works due to safety precautions. Please follow signed diversion routes.
Find out more
In addition, we plan to carry out investigation works in the Blackwall Tunnel in December 2017 and January 2018. These investigation works will also require temporary overnight closures. Travel advice can be found at tfl.gov.uk/traffic/status
We apologise in advance for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience while we complete these essential investigative works.
Should you have any questions or concerns about the works, please contact us using the details at the top of this letter.
Director, Project & Programme Delivery – Surface Transport Transport for London
Southwark Council has revealed plans to lease space on the roofs of council housing and other public buildings to broadband operators including Relish, O2 and Vodafone in a bid to bring better internet connections to local residents.
10 additional trains on the Jubilee line would allow for a 36 trains-per-hour service.
Val Shawcross (deputy mayor for transport) and David Hughes (London Underground) will face questions from AMs on Wednesday 8 November at 10am. The meeting will be streamed live at www.youtube.com/londonassembly
Val Shawcross is a former London Assembly member for Lambeth & Southwark and a past chair of City Hall’s transport committee.