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London might be getting the world's longest drawbridge

Isabelle Aron

There must be something in the water because people are obsessed with designing new bridges for London at the moment. There's the controversial Garden Bridge that's almost definitely going ahead, and the Nine Elms-Pimlico crossing, which still needs to get the green light from the council. And now architect firm reForm has come up with a plan to build the world's longest drawbridge in London, which would connect Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf. 

The drawbridge would be 84 metres long and it would be the first bascule bridge (that's the technical term, dontcha know) on the Thames since Tower Bridge was built in 1894. The plans include separate paths for cyclists and pedestrians, to avoid any commuting conflicts. The architects estimate that it would cost about £88 million and take up to five years to build.

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