Road River Crossings

MQT on 2002-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What priority do you give to a road river crossing in East London? What is the cost to London's economy and growth of not building at least one?



Answer for Road River Crossings

Answer for Road River Crossings

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As you are no doubt aware the provision and reasons for additional river crossings in the Thames Gateway are part of my Transport Strategy, and they form an integral element in supporting regeneration of the Thames Gateway. To inform decisions on road crossings, I have commissioned further work to more fully understand the social and economic regeneration benefits arising from improved accessibility due to the crossings. Assessment of the impact of new crossings will take into account their effect on development and regeneration, both within and outside London, particularly in the wider Thames Gateway Corridor. In terms of priority, I have asked TfL to work with the LDA to progress new river crossings urgently, and there is provision within TfL's Business Plan for progressing the DLR extension to Woolwich and new road river crossings.All of these proposals are subject to further consultation. It is important for the road crossings to maximise regeneration benefits while minimising additional car use. The road crossings will consider options for pedestrians and dedicated provision for cyclists as well as public transport provision. .