East London traffic congestion "unacceptable" says transport expert
Congestion on east London's roads has been labelled "shameful" by a leading industry expert.
Prof David Begg told London Assembly's transport committee it was black mark on Mayor Boris Johnson's record as the head of Transport for London.
In a scathing attack in which he said more river crossings were urgently needed, the former head of the Commission for Integrated Transport and the publisher of Transport Times said: "What's happening in east London is shameful.
"The level of congestion around the Blackwall Tunnel and Dartford Crossing is one of the worst and most intolerable in the UK.
"We know the reasons why it's not been dealt with but it's unacceptable."
Prof Begg's comments came as he joined a panel debating the Mayor's recent Vision 2020 document which looked at a range of transport aspirations for London.
TfL's managing director of planning Michelle Dix said at the meeting at City Hall, the transport group was pushing ahead with crossing proposals.
"We've gone through the consultation process," she said. "We're bringing the Silvertown Crossing forward as well as looking at Woolwich."
Also at the meeting, Isabel Dedring, deputy mayor for transport, added tunnels such the Silvertown Crossing would be very likely include charges.
"When you talk about new infrastructure you would be talking about tolling and people do broadly accept and understand that," she said.