Southbank Riverside Walk Access Improvements

We were delighted to be able to share a display unit at LOCOG’s (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) Inclusive Journey 2012 exhibition Sign 1at the Excel Centre yesterday to exhibit the enabled maps which we have developed for the GLA (Greater London Authority) for the Southbank Project.

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The riverside walk along the Southbank of the River Thames from Westminster to Tower Bridge is being made more accessible. The South Bank remains home to many of the capital’s finest cultural institutions and is one of the most visited locations in London.
Working with the London Boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth, the Greater London Authority is investing £4 million to improve pavement layouts, install better lighting and signage, increasing seating and provide more access ramps and handrails. This is a lasting legacy for London, enabling even more people to enjoy this area.

Southbank Riverside Walk

Sign 2The improvements will provide:

  • A continuous safe and accessible route along the Southbank of the River Thames
  • A route that everyone can use and enjoy regardless of age or disability
  • Alternative routes for cyclists where the walkway is at its narrowest on the street network to the south of the main pedestrian route
  • Accessible links between the bridges providing pedestrian connections to the north of the river
  • Easy wayfinding by photo routes – the route along the Southbank and the accessible connections to it from nearby rail and tube stations have been illustrated with photographs which can be downloaded from This helps everyone find their way to the Southbank Riverside Walk and is particularly helpful to people with learning disabilities, people whose first language is not English including British Sign language users, and others who find traditional map reading difficult.

PhotoRoutes provide an easy way for people with learning and other disabilities to confidently get around London and other cities and locations. London expects to welcome thousands of disabled visitors including people using wheelchair and other visitors with access requirements during the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.

The Mayor is committed to delivering the most accessible Games ever and the production of Photo Route maps along the Southbank contributes to making everyone’s visit to London an accessible experience.

See articles for an update on PhotoRoute.