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Consultation reveals support for Gallions Reach crossing

PUBLISHED: 11:49 15 March 2016 | UPDATED: 11:49 15 March 2016

Concept art of a new river crossing at Gallions Reach

Concept art of a new river crossing at Gallions Reach

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A planned river crossing at Gallions Reach is needed, according to the respondents of a Transport for London consultation.

Eighty eight per cent of people backed either a new crossing linking the borough to Thamesmead or a second option linking Rainham and Belvedere, with 77pc supporting crossings at both locations.

The consultation, which closed last month, received more than 4,500 responses.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “There is no doubt that new river crossings in the east are going to be vital to the future prosperity of our rapidly-growing city.

“Gallions Reach and Belvedere are just the start of a series of crossings that are going to prove a real boost to the capital, and I’m delighted that Londoners have given us their unequivocal backing.”

A number of objections were raised, with 455 people raising concerns over an increase in traffic and 241 opposing a planned user charge.

The crossings are still in the early planning stages, with bridge and tunnel options being considered, but could be operational as early as 2025.

TfL said it will work with local boroughs and other key stakeholders to develop the plans for the crossings and will consider feedback from the consultation.

Richard de Cani, managing director for planning at TfL, said: “With the capital’s population rising rapidly and more much-needed housing being built, crossing the river will become ever more important.

“It’s great to see overwhelming support for these two new cross-river connections at Gallions Reach and Belvedere, which would provide better public transport links and help unlock opportunities for local people.

“Along with the Silvertown Tunnel, which would reduce congestion through the Blackwall Tunnel and improve bus links across the Thames, our comprehensive plan for more river crossings in east London will help transform these areas, supporting regeneration and development on both sides of the river.”

TfL has also revealed it is preparing the application for a development consent order for the Silvertown Tunnel.

If successful, it will allow for a full public hearing to take place later this year.


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