Tunnels and bridges
There are 3 road crossings east of Tower Bridge, compared to 16 crossings an equivalent distance west. Yet much of London’s future growth is planned for the east and a lack of cross-river connections may impact on this economic development.
- A new tunnel at Silvertown
This will relieve endemic congestion on the existing Blackwall crossing.
The Mayor recently consulted on the scheme ahead of submitting a planning
application next year. There may be a role for tolling. Completion is due around 2021.
- A new crossing at Gallions Reach to connect Greenwich and Newham.
A previous scheme ‘the Thames Gateway Bridge’ was cancelled by the Mayor in 2008. Detailed feasibility work on a new scheme needs to begin now to enable a new bridge to open in the mid 2020s.
- A new Lower Thames Crossing
This will reduce congestion on the existing Dartford Crossing. The Department for Transport recently undertook a consultation on three options which have been under consideration since 2009. A decision is needed now to enable a new bridge to open in the mid 2020s