Gainsborough Bridge Consultation

Closed 27 Mar 2020

Opened 4 Mar 2020


Hackney Council has been made aware that some members of the public did not receive the initial consultation letter regarding Gainsborough Bridge. As such, Hackney Council has decided to extend this consultation to the 27th March 2020. This consultation has been extended to ensure the comments received represent all community members opinions

Hackney Council is committed to improving public access to facilities and pedestrian connections in Hackney Wick and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Gainsborough Bridge was rebuilt as part of the 2012 Olympic Games to improve pedestrian routes in the area and has been closed to the public until now. In order to provide public access to the bridge, Hackney Council is in the process of developing a public access strategy which will be submitted to the London Legacy Development Corporation for approval.

This is your opportunity to provide feedback on our proposed plans and to let us know what else we can do before we submit the strategy to the London Legacy Development Corporation.   

Where is the bridge?

The Gainsborough Bridge passes over the Lea Navigation canal between Gainsborough School and Here East on the Olympic Park. The bridge was intended for pedestrian and cyclist use only (please the attached map) 

Who currently has use of the bridge?

The bridge is currently only being used by Gainsborough School; providing students with direct access to the sports facilities on the Olympic Park. 

Why do we want to make the bridge publicly accessible?

Public access to the bridge will improve local connections and provide residents with better access to employment opportunities, local amenities and nearby green spaces. It will also give parents and students direct access to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, providing routes away from main roads such as Eastway and Wallis Road - which is experiencing an increase in local and construction traffic.

In addition to opening Gainsborough Bridge we are interested to hear what other public realm improvements you might like to see in the area. 


Below you will find our public realm  and wayfinding strategy  to download or view online.


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