Plans have been revealed for a floating cycleway on the tidal Thames between Battersea and Canary Wharf.

The idea, named Thames Deckway, has been put forward by artist Anna Hill and architect David Nixon after an appeal for ideas to beat the capital's traffic problems and dangers posed to cyclists on London's streets.

It would stretch for some eight miles, cost £600 million and there would be a series of exits and ramps along its length. Pedestrians would also be able to use the facility but like cyclists would have to pay £1.50.

The River Cycleway Consortium behind it includes engineering firm Arum. The path would generate energy for lights from solar panels, tide and wind energy.

A spokesperson for the consortium said :" The river, once London’s main thoroughfare, is now overlooked for major public transport."

The scheme is the second for a cycleway on the river. A smaller floating cycle lane at Kingston (above) has received financial backing from Mayor of London Boris Johnson. But river users have expressed severe reservations about its impact.

See our previous story about the Kingston plan HERE

Pic: River Cycleway Consortium

Story dated October 8th 2014



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