Planners behind the Thames Deckway, a proposed floating pathway from Battersea to Greenwich for cyclists and pedestrians, are seeking cash via an Indiegogo campaign.

The River Cycleway Consortium have laid out the plans to build a "safe and scenic engineering marvel" which will run close to the embankments, connecting with streets at bridges and major riverside destinations.

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The construction would use an interconnected line of floating platoons to provide a surface for cycling and walking, with access ramps and a four lane system which would be used to cater for traffic flow during various periods of the day.

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The idea was born in 2007 but it's estimated it will be 2023 before it could be open for the public - with four years given over to planning and two for construction.

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The current funding campaign seeks £175,000 to carry out a viability study - which will help the planners to:

  • Complete our analyses of existing cyclist flow numbers and patterns and refine the Deckway's cyclist projections
  • Enable planning of the Deckway route in more detail and focus on the best locations for connections for riverside access
  • Help to fine-tune the Deckway's construction price tag
  • Help to clarify the flat-rate single trip price target of £1.50
  • Put together the analyses, projections, planning, cost and revenues to reinforce the business case for the project.
  • Evaluate under what terms the project is possible, given the multitude of challenges involved.

The actual construction is estimated at around 600 million. Currently, they've raised 2 per cent of the target with 32 backers - you can read more and back the project here.