Community Pushing For Walking Bridge Investment

Photo of Donna Szpakowski and David Winter

The Hyde Park Business Association is asking the city to invest in a wooden walking bridge over the railway tracks in northwest London and make it a protected heritage asset.

The group says the historic wooden bridge should be designated as a heritage asset and the city should invest in rehabilitating the structure so it can be used as a formal pedestrian and cycling connector trail for Wards 7 and 8.

“It provides a link for people north of the bridge to come down to Sarnia Rd. and catch the Cherryhill bus, which gets them to Fanshawe College. Without that access it’s next to impossible for them to easily get across the city going east,” says President of the Hyde Park Business Association Donna Szpakowski. “It’s aligned with the New London plan. It’s really promoting walking and cycling and would promote walking over to the retailers on Sarnia Rd. and in Hyde Park Village.”

The Parks and Planning Department is currently taking a look at the heritage value and safety of the bridge. A new subdivision is planned for the Sarnia Rd. area.

Szpakowski expects the issue to come before the new council later in the fall.

The bridge is currently owned by CP rail.