River crossings in east London are long overdueMarch 17, 2015
David Leam, Head of Infrastructure at business group London First agreed with the Transport select committee that new river crossings in east London are long overdue:
“After years of drift and indecision, there is now a consensus that east London needs new river crossings.
“Journey times could be significantly quicker and the new capacity will help support jobs, as well as tens of thousands of new homes that are planned in east London over the coming years.
“We would hope that significant progress can be made on the Silvertown tunnel under the current mayor – it should be possible at the very least to have an agreed scheme and funding package with a planning application underway.
We are strong backers of new river crossings in the east of London; we think they will play a vital role in the economic growth and continued development of the capital in the future.
A new tunnel at Silvertown (between the Greenwich Peninsula and Silvertown)
This will relieve endemic congestion on the existing Blackwall crossing.
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. Further work should also take place on longer term crossing options further east, as suggested in the consultation.
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