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Deck would lift to a height of 60m

Details have emerged of a proposal to construct the world’s tallest vertical lift bridge over the River Thames between Canary Wharf and Rotherhithe.

Plans for the new cycling and walking bridge received “overwhelming” support in a consultation last year.

TfL has since been working on engineering options and will now launch a new consultation on its preferred design.

The Architects Journal reports that the proposed bridge’s concrete towers would be 90m tall and 15m wide, while its deck would lift to a height of 60m, making it both the longest and tallest vertical lift bridge in the world, if built.

Plans show a bridge deck 8m wide, 12m above high tide level and 180m long.

The preferred location of the bridge is from Durrands Wharf on the south side of the river to Westferry Circus on the north bank.

A Transport for London spokesperson said: “Following a public consultation in November 2017, we have been working to develop our proposed plans for a pedestrian and cycling crossing between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf.

"As part of this, we have been engaging directly with key stakeholders, such as the Port of London Authority and the boroughs on either side of the river, working through issues such as bridge alignment, landing points, opening mechanism, construction methods and operating procedures.

"This will ensure the final scheme is deliverable and appropriate for all users. We are still working on the designs and plans.”

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