Trams and Thames Gateway Bridge

Meeting: 
MQT on 2004-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2004
Reference: 
2004/0885
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In order to have any hope of a tram scheme being in place in time for the proposed opening of the Thames Gateway Bridge, TfL must be given the responsibility now for considering different service patterns and vehicle technology. Are you surprised that this has failed to happen up till now? Will you ensure that this happens urgently, so that TfL, TGLP and the Boroughs can work together on the proposed extensions to the Greenwich Waterfront and East London Transits and assess them as part of a whole network and not simply as isolated projects?

Answer

Answer for Trams and Thames Gateway Bridge

Answer for Trams and Thames Gateway Bridge

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The proposed Thames Gateway Bridge (TGB) provides an opportunity to integrate the Greenwich Waterfront Transit (GWT) and East London Transit (ELT) busway schemes. Linking and integrating both projects would facilitate north-south movements between Thamesmead, Woolwich and Barking as well as other centres such as Stratford to the north by public transport.The current projected public transport demand across the TGB and along ELT and GWT routes is significantly less than the level where trams become economically viable. However the bridge layout has been designed to retain flexibility to upgrade to a tram or DLR in the future. Appropriate sections of GWT and ELT are also being developed in a way that would allow such upgrades, should demand justify it.