New designs for east London bridge unveiled

By Rob Virtue on June 27, 2014 4:07 PM |

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It's 120 years since Tower Bridge was completed and now those to the east of it are urging its time for another crossing.

Architectural design firm HOK has unveiled its vision for what the bridge linking Beckton and Thamesmead would look like.

The group, which was commissioned by London Chamber of Commerce and Industry to come up with the plans, proposed a high road link, allowing ships to pass by.

Called Bridge East London it also has a segregated cycle path.

Colin Stanbridge, chief executive of LCCI, which has long campaigned for a crossing in the region, said: "We know that the Mayor shares our enthusiasm for helping the east of the capital to maximise its exciting reinvention. The area is currently attracting the worlds brightest and best whether to the financial heartland of Canary Wharf, the Royal Docks development or the high-tech firms flocking to Silicon Roundabout in Shoreditch.

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"New road river crossings linking east and south east London over the Thames will bring new jobs and homes to an area of the capital that has been overlooked for too long."

Transport for London has consulted on proposals for a Silvertown Tunnel and a new ferry crossing to replace the original one at Woolwich.

However, many road users said a bridge at Gallions Reach was also needed. TfL is preparing another report into the scheme.

A crossing in this area was first proposed by then London Mayor Ken Livingstone before his replacement Boris Johnson scrapped the idea.

Richard Gammon, HOK's global director of aviation and transportation, said: "If the full potential of east London is to be harnessed and maximised to the benefit of our growing city, then we need to provide catalysts to enable that potential to flourish.

"Improving connectivity and accessibility is a key element of this regenerative process, and we strongly believe that a new bridge in this location will act as a powerful stimulant to growth, the strengthening of local communities and businesses, and the enhancement of the local environment."

However, environmentalists are against the plans saying it will encourage more road users to the area rather reducing queues.