TFL wants to build longest vertical bridge in London

Transport for London (TfL) wants to build the world’s longest and tallest vertical lift bridge across the River Thames, New Civil Engineer can reveal.

TfL has opted for a 90m tall vertical lift bridge, which spans 180m, as its preferred option for the Rotherhithe Crossing, confidential TfL documents seen by New Civil Engineer show.

It is understood that the pedestrian and cycling bridge’s concrete towers will be 90m tall and 15m wide, while its deck will lift to a height of 60m, making it the longest and tallest vertical lift bridge in the world.

The bridge deck itself will be 8m wide, 12m above high tide level and 180m long.

The proposed crossing connecting Rotherhithe with Canary Wharf would be 10m longer than the Arthur Kill bridge in New York, which is currently the longest lift bridge in the world

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