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.
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.
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.
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.