Mayor’s vision for four new river crossings for Newham
PUBLISHED: 14:19 02 December 2015 | UPDATED: 14:19 02 December 2015
The Mayor of London has unveiled a bold vision of cross-river travel in London – with Newham in line to benefit from new road, rail and ferry crossings.
The 13 proposals for the capital are all in various stages of development, from the well-consulted on Silvertown Tunnel to a conceptual idea of a passenger ferry linking the Royal Docks and Charlton.
The Crossrail link between Custom House and Woolwich is already under construction, while a consultation on a multi-modal crossing between Gallions Reach and Thamesmead started today.
The latter would see road users charged in order to pay for the scheme and could be built by 2025.
Subject to funding, the new crossings will gradually progress through the development stages with the expectation they will all be delivered by 2050.
Boris Johnson said: “Building a series of new bridges and tunnels across the Thames is essential for the future prosperity of our rapidly-growing city.
“By creating more links between the north and south of the river, we won’t just improve day-to-day travelling across the capital, we’ll unlock areas for development and create thousands of jobs and homes.”
The proposals are detailed in a new strategic plan, Connecting the Capital, which details how the crossings will support London’s growing population.
That east London has a number of new crossings listed is no surprise, given the existing links across the Thames are poor.
To take part in the Gallions Reach consultation, visit tfl.gov.uk/east-london-crossings by Friday, February 12.
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