Picture by Jody Kingzett

A new pedestrian and cycle bridge was lowered into place over Rotherhithe New Road near South Bermondsey station on Saturday.

The new bridge was installed on Sunday as part of the Lottery-funded Sustrans Connect 2 project. It replaces a disused Victorian railway bridge which was removed in September and cut up for scrap.

The 4 metre wide modern bridge made of steel will carry pedestrians and cyclists over Rotherhithe New Road to South Bermondsey Station and beyond.

“It is fantastic to see the old rusty bridge gone and a purpose built crossing put in its place,” said Cllr Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for transport.

“The good news is that despite the forecast bad weather, we finished ahead of schedule and the bridge is now in place.

“This has been another hugely successful and efficient operation led by Southwark council and its contractors.

“There was minimal disruption and the footpath was only closed for 30 minutes whilst the bridge was put in place.”

“We are looking forward to this modern replacement bridge being officially opened to the public from January 2013.

“It is going to make a significant difference to everyone, pedestrians and cyclists alike, who needs direct access to and from South Bermondsey station.”

Bryn Lockwood from Sustrans said: “It’s great to see this new dedicated walking and cycling bridge go in after all the effort of local people and thanks to their vision and perseverance in making this project happen.

“The bridge looks great and will really make a difference to people’s lives on a daily basis. People will now be able to start the day with a quiet stroll rather than dodging the trucks and traffic on the Rotherhithe New Road and it’ll encourage many more people to make their everyday journeys on foot or by bike.”

From last week’s Council Assembly:
QUESTION TO THE CABINET MEMBER FOR TRANSPORT, ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING FROM COUNCILLOR DENISE CAPSTICK

  • What is the council doing to stop the Tesco Express on Southwark Park Road using the pavement as an extension to their store and why are their delivery lorries permitted to block the traffic thoroughfare rather than use the parking bays on a regular basis?

RESPONSE (CLLR BARRIE HARGROVE)

The parking bay was installed for the purpose of providing car parking for visitors to local stores. The dimensions of the bay are unsuitable for accommodation of large delivery vehicles although there is not a loading ban in operation in this area.
Observations have shown that vehicles making deliveries to the store are too large to fit wholly within the parking bay. Delivery vehicles then extend onto the double yellow lines or, if the parking bay is occupied by a car, double park. This is causing obstruction of the westbound traffic lane. Currently this can only be dealt with by issuing parking tickets on the vehicles causing the obstruction.

Tesco’s transport consultants have indicated that they would be prepared to pay for a five metre west-ward extension of bay and changing its use so that only delivery vehicles can park in it during certain hours (8am-11am) and by shoppers outside of those hours. It is noted that the extension of the bay would only be possible with the removal of the adjacent plane tree and approximately five metres of footway.

A proposal will be brought to the local community council for a decision within the next three months.
Regarding the cages on the footway, we have brought the issue to the notice of the store manager and will continue to inspect the area and take enforcement action when we find evidence of an obstruction on the highway.

New consultation just launched:

Southwark Council is proposing road safety and public realm improvements in Lower Road, Plough Way and Rotherhithe New Road. The proposals include the introduction of measures to assist cyclists through the link between Oldfield Grove and Plough Way, and the introduction of suitable paving and street furniture to enhance the street scene.

Funding for the scheme comes from Transport for London. The measures are part of the Connect 2 project, supported by SUSTRANS, to create a cycling and walking route from Burgess Park, Camberwell to Durand’s Warf, Rotherhithe.

Full details here.

Question to the Mayor from Val Shawcross AM:

I have received complaints about poor reliability in bus services in this area, currently served by the C10 and 381 buses. It has been suggested that an easy means of improving this service may be to consider extending route 199 to loop round Salter Road and Lower Road or run the 47 or 188 via Redriff/Salter Road instead of Lower Road. Please could bus routes in this area be reviewed?

Response from Boris Johnson, Mayor of London:

TfL will review this issue and contact you with the results.

Sustrans has reopened the voting to decide who should be depicted alongside Barry Mason (of Southwark Cyclists and Surrey Docks Farm fame) in a new work of public art at South Bermondsey:

  • William Cubitt
  • Sir Michael Caine
  • David Haye
  • Sam King
  • Una Marson
  • Phyllis Pearsall
  • Mary Wollstonecraft

Read SE1’s story from the first round of voting; voting ends Friday 8 June and all other details are the same as before.

Bermondsey and Canada Water stations are among the first 80 London Underground Stations to be fitted with wifi equipment as part of a deal with Virgin Media. The service should be up and running before the start of the Olympic Games at the end of July.

Internet access will be free during the summer; pricing has not yet been announced for the autumn and beyond.

“Our customers will soon be able to connect to the internet for live travel information while they are on the move through stations,” says Gareth Powell, London Underground’s director of strategy and service development.

“Bringing a next generation wifi service to one of the world’s oldest underground transport networks is progressing as planned and the forthcoming service is testing well.

“The first stations include some of our busiest and most well-known destinations and we’re on-track for a successful launch this summer – all delivered at no additional cost to fare payers or taxpayers.”

Parts of Canada Water Station will also be covered by the London Overground’s new wifi service which will be provided by The Cloud.

Transport for London is considering whether it can reopen the public toilets at Canada Water station, says Simon Hughes MP.

The MP says a TfL source told him that the public toilets at the station were closed last year because of ‘safety concerns’.

However, Mr Hughes has discovered that although there was a report of a serious assault, the subsequent police investigation found this report to be false.

“I understand TfL’s reasons for closing the public toilets at Canada Water tube station a year ago,” he said.

“However, I do not think it is acceptable that they did not follow up with the local police to find out whether their safety concerns were legitimate.

“Directing commuters to use either the toilets in the Canada Water library or the toilets at Tesco Surrey Quays is far from ideal.

“I am pleased that TfL is reviewing their decision and as long as there are provisions in place to ensure that the public toilets are safe, I believe many people would be very relieved to see the toilets reopened.”

TfL and Olympics organisers have published their latest assessment of the impact of the games on the capital’s transport network

Trains passing through Canada Water Underground station will be much busier during the Games due to the Jubilee line services already being full with spectators travelling to and from events at ExCeL, North Greenwich Arena and the Olympic Park.

It will be very difficult to board Jubilee line trains at this station at the busiest times, especially in the morning and evening.

via Canada Water | Get Ahead of the Games.

Bermondsey station will be exceptionally busy in the morning peak between 7-11am. It will be very difficult to board eastbound Jubilee line trains due to spectators travelling to venues in the Olympic Park and at ExCeL and the North Greenwich Arena.

via Bermondsey | Get Ahead of the Games.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will visit Greenland Pier on the morning of Wednesday 25 April to name the new royal row barge ‘Gloriana’ that has been built for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in June.

‘Gloriana’ was lowered into the water for the first time on Thursday at Isleworth.

The royal visitors will stop off at Greenland Pier on their way to Greenwich for the reopening of the Cutty Sark and the opening of the Royal River exhibition at the National Maritime Museum.

Greenland Pier will be closed on Wednesday morning and the westbound services at 0944; 1004; 1029; 1059 1129 and eastbound sailings at 1055 and 1113 will not stop at the pier.

“KPMG Thames Clippers are delighted to provide Greenland Pier for this important event and apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused to your intended journey,” said the company in an email to passengers on Friday.