Thames Gateway Bridge (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
September 12, 2007
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Finally then, do you agree that there is an opportunity in reopening the inquiry to look at better integrating the East London Transit Scheme and the Greenwich Waterfront Transit Scheme across the bridge, at looking at whether they can become more like a tram and less like a bus, and as a result of that they can raise people's likelihood and confidence in using public transport to get across the Thames then?

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Answer for Thames Gateway Bridge (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Thames Gateway Bridge (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As we look at the pattern of growth of population in that area and the growth of jobs, I would have thought almost inevitably the East London Transit and Greenwich Waterfront Transit may not happen as rapidly as I thought that they would happen. In both cases those were potential tram schemes which could not sustain the level of investment of a tram because of the numbers of people being carried. I think by the time we get to 2017 we may very well find it justifies converting both of those bus systems effectively into a tram or DLR extension.