Public backing for new Thames crossings


A package of river crossings, including a Silvertown road tunnel and a ferry crossing at Gallions Reach have met with broad approval, according to results from a public consultation.

While a detailed report will emerge shortly, deputy mayor for transport Isabel Dedring revealed that "people are very much in favour of enhancing the crossings generally and quite supportive of the specific proposals."

She told the London Assembly's transport committee: "People raised issues about congestion but the purpose of the exercise was to gauge the general need for it and specifically this package - does it feel about right.

"The general proposition of more crossings was above 80 per cent in favour and it was similar number for this specific package. People are more concerned about the details about how it is going to work."

She said she would be shortly discussing with the mayor the next stage which was likely to be a more detailed consultation on some of the specifics, such as traffic management.

Meanwhile, Poplar and Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick, has pressed the Government and the Mayor to speed up plans for the additional river crossings.

Speaking in a debate in the House of Commons last Thursday, Mr Fitzpatrick said: "We are desperate for another river crossing - at least one. I know that the Government and the Mayor of London are committed to two, and we want to see them as quickly as possible.

"The area east of Tower Bridge is now lived in by almost half of London's population and we have only four crossings. West of Tower Bridge, there are 20-plus crossings.

"We need extra crossings on the Thames, or else east London will gridlock and the driver for this great capital city for the next generation or two will be stalled."


Officer Dibble said:

Bring back the proposal for a pedestrian and cycling bridge between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf. Sustrans did a cost-benefit analysis which showed that (despite high upfront cost because of the need to allow tall ships through) it would easily pay for itself. And this would ease pressure on the busiest part of the Jubilee Line and on the Rotherhithe Tunnel.

sandy dennis said:

why not drain the thames, and build on that, you can even invite people from all over the world to live there - if youcan't get anyone locally