Thames Gateway Bridge

MQT on 2005-07-20
Session date: 
July 20, 2005
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Did TfL, or its consultants, at any time examine the option of a public transport only bridge near the proposed site of the Thames Gateway Bridge? Did TfL examine whether a tram only bridge, linking up the proposed East London transit & Greenwich Waterfront Transit routes, would have sufficient passenger numbers to justify its construction?


Answer for Thames Gateway Bridge

Answer for Thames Gateway Bridge

Answered By: 
The Mayor

A `multi-modal crossing at Thamesmead- which is designed to be a local crossing is a key part of the package of transport improvements included in my Transport Strategy to help support the sustainable accommodation of growth within the Thames Gateway. Policy 3C.14 of my London Plan also supports the provision of the TGB. The great majority of planned expenditure is on public transport improvements.TfL has examined various alternatives for public transport services crossing the bridge. Public transport demand across the TGB with light rail services is estimated to be between 2,000 and 2,500 passengers during the peak hour. This falls well short of the 3,500 - 4,000 passengers during the peak hour which would make light rail or tram economically viable. A public transport bridge only would also not be a viable option even after taking account of the potential for mode shift from car use to a public transport service and the financial savings that could be achieved from not having to undertake highway access/mitigation works associated with a bridge carrying general traffic.

My public transport focussed improvements for the Thames Gateway will help increase public transport use, however, my London Plan and Transport Strategy make it clear that car will continue to be an important means of travel in outer London. The accessibility improvements the bridge will bring for all modes of transport, and for business travel will reduce the barrier effect of the river and will be important in facilitating the regeneration of the area.