Business backs river crossings campaign


Businesses in Greenwich and Newham have thrown their w eight behind a campaign for more river crossings in east London.

The borough councils are pushing for a new bridge at Gallions Reach and a new tunnel of Silvertown - and now businesses have said that a lack of crossings is hampering growth.

General manager of The O2 Rebecca Kane said: "At The O2, AEG has created the world's most popular music and entertainment venue.

"Throughout this time congestion at the Blackwall Tunnel has been an inherent problem for our customers, tenants and partners.

"AEG strongly supports the proposal for a tunnel crossing at Silvertown and a bridge at Gallions Reach. This will provide much needed relief to the area, support AEG's next development phases on the Greenwich Peninsula and indeed stimulate similar growth on both sides of the river."

Chairman of Berkeley Homes John Anderson said: "Berkeley is very supportive of the two new river crossings which are essential for the continued growth and regeneration of this strategically important part of south east London.

"We strongly believe that in order to gain the maximum sustainable benefits the Gallions Reach Crossing must be a bridge link and not a ferry."

Roger Arnold, of Arnold Martin Associates said: "East London has suffered historically, both economically and socially, due to the lack of connectivity between the two sides of the river. This is an opportune moment to secure the future of East London."

The support follows a survey of members by the South East London Chamber of Commerce which saw 87% in favour of more crossings.

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IslandDweller said:

Some businesses are in support, and the leaders of Greenwich and Newham clearly are. But are the local residents in favour of yet more traffic....? I doubt it.