TfL to consult on east London bridge proposal


Transport for London will next week launch a fresh consultation on a bridge linking Newham and Greenwich.

It comes just days after supporters for a crossing in the region unveiled designs for how it could look.

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry commissioned planners ARUP and HOK to put together the proposal. It says the £600million costs can be met by business rates and community levies or tolling.

The subject of a crossing in the area last came up on a question in the SIlvertown consultation and was met with overwhelming public support.

TfL had proposed a new ferry for the area.

However, a spokeswoman said the new consultation would consider a bridge as well.

She said: "TfL will shortly be commencing a further consultation on ferry and bridge options to the east at Woolwich, Gallions Reach and Belvedere, connecting Woolwich to the Royal Docks, Thamesmead to Beckton and Belvedere to Rainham respectively."

However, proposals for a bridge will be heavily opposed by environmentalists who say it will merely encourage more traffic and more congestion.

Meanwhile, TfL is looking to hold another study into proposals for Silvertown Tunnel, linking Greenwich Peninsula with the Royal Docks.

And it wants to secure approval for the tunnel by next year with construction taking place in eight years' time.

The spokeswoman said: "[The tunnel] will be consulted on further in the autumn with a view to seeking powers in 2015 and ultimately constructing the crossing by 2022."