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East London could get a cool new rolling bridge – but it needs your help

By Paula Akpan

London has no shortage of snazzy bridges, but none of them has quite the edge that designer Tom Randall-Page is proposing for Newham’s Cody Dock. It’s already one of the best places to stop along The Line, east London’s epic sculpture trail, and the latest chapter for the area involves the construction of a bridge that will literally be able to roll across the banks of the River Lea.

Once a deserted quay, Cody Dock place has undergone a serious revamp thanks to thousands of volunteers, local residents, schools, businesses and the charity Gasworks Dock Partnership. Locals hope the bridge project will open the area up to visitors, better connect the Thames to the Lea and add a brand new landmark to London’s already lengthy list. The Mayor seems to be in agreement: Sadiq Khan’s office has pledged £40,000 in support of the bridge-building project. But unless the community’s crowdfunding campaign is successful, it won’t see a penny.

Although you may not have a cool £40k jingling about in your pockets, every little helps. And there’s a sweet reward: everyone who pledges to the Cody Dock crowdfunding campaign will have their name cast in the bridge’s metal structure. So what are you waiting for? Let's get the ball (and bridge) rolling.

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