Gainsborough Bridge Consultation

Closed 27 Mar 2020

Opened 4 Mar 2020

Results updated 13 Nov 2020

Hackney Council is required to prepare a Public Access Strategy (GB.5) as part of a planning condition linked to the planning approval for Gainsborough Bridge in Hackney Wick. 

This has now been submitted to the London Legacy Development Corporation (who are the Local Planning Authority for the area) for their approval. All planning documents associated with the original planning application can be viewed at If you have any further questions on the application, please email

Our Community Engagement Approach

Before we submitted the Public Access Strategy document to the Local Planning Authority (London Legacy Development Corporation) we wanted to hear your thoughts on our draft. We engaged with the local community between 3rd February and 27th March 2020. 

81% of you told us that you were in favour of opening Gainsborough Bridge to the Public. You also provided valuable feedback on the things that mattered most to you, these included;  retaining the garden area adjacent to the Bridge, ensuring that resident safety and increased cyclist traffic had been considered within our proposals. A copy of the Community Engagement Report can be viewed below:


Your browser does not support inline PDF viewing.Please download the PDF.

Since our initial consultation, we have amended our Public Access Strategy, taking into account the feedback we received. The final Public Access Strategy and an accompanying Wayfinding Strategy and can be viewed below:

Public Access Strategy

Your browser does not support inline PDF viewing.Please download the PDF.

Wayfinding Strategy

Your browser does not support inline PDF viewing.Please download the PDF.

To download these documents click on >> tab and select 'download' 


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. 







  • Hackney Wick


  • Residents


  • Understanding views