Boris Johnson promises new east London crossings

By Simon Hayes on April 27, 2010 11:47 AM |

aa-apr29-east line142.JPGMayor of London Boris Johnson is considering two new river crossings for east London.

Mr Johnson pulled the plug on his predecessor Ken Livingstone's proposals for a new bridge between Thamesmead and Beckton 18 months ago, but now seems to recognise the need for better cross-river transport links in the region.

He said: "We're looking at a range of things, particularly a new crossing we want to put in, a new river crossing. You'll be seeing more about that in due course. That will help east London."

The Mayor's long-term transport strategy unveiled last October included "consideration of a longer-term fixed link at Gallions Reach to improve connectivity", although Mr Johnson was vague on the details of his two new mooted crossings.

He said: "We're thinking of more than one river crossing. I can't tell you at the moment where they are going to be or when they will open but watch this space."

aa-apr29-east line220.JPGMr Johnson was speaking at the official opening of the Overground east London route linking Dalston Junction and Croydon this morning.

The line, which incorporates the revamped East London line, begins running this afternoon, initially with a "preview running" service of eight trains an hour between Dalston Junction and New Cross Gate from 7am to 8pm. It will become fully operational on May 23, when a full service to West Croydon will start.

Mr Johnson was delighted to see the £1billion project delivered on budget and ahead of schedule, although the East London line has been shut for almost two-and-a-half years.

He said: "It is a great omen, that shows TfL given a project that everyone passionately believes they can deliver it on time and on budget.

"I very much hope that people in government and in the Department for Transport looking at this achievement will see the wisdom of giving London institutions - the bodies representing London transport - their head to give them the opportunity to drive forward something like this. They took it on and they did it.

"It's a great advertisement, in my view, for local democracy in the delivery of great transport projects."


Peter Jones said:

Quite frankly he is not promising anything.
"We're thinking.." are the key words.