Work has begun on the Deptford Creek pedestrian swing bridge.
The new crossing is at the entrance of Deptford Creek.
Most of the work is on Granophast Wharf where Galliard Homes has built flats incorporating a Waitrose.
The bridge should be available to walkers and cyclists at the end of the year. The Thames Path will, when the development is completed, be rerouted to stay by the river between Wood Wharf and the Peter the Great statue just upstream of Deptford Creek.
At present the Thames Path runs inland via Norway Street, by the closed Rose & Crown pub, to cross Creek Road’s swing bridge.
Walkers going upstream must cross Wallingford Bridge and follow an inland route north along Benson Lane. At Preston Crowmarsh you briefly walk alongside a main road before turning left into another lane which leads to the Benson Lock exit.
The Thames Path at Vauxhall’s St George Wharf has now opened.
The eastern section adjoining Vauxhall Bridge has been open since 2003 but it has taken a decade to complete the residential development at the upstream end.
Now the need to turn inland via Tesco and cross a main road twice has vanished. You avoid traffic by walking under Vauxhall Bridge and along the front of the Wharf building to find yourself on Elm Quay.
What some may regret is that the Thames Path will cease to pass the lovely 18th-century Brunswick House which has held out against developers. It’s worth taking the old diversion just to have lunch there.
The new riverside path is across the site of a timber yard run by the occupants of Brunswick House.