John Biggs (AM): I have the privilege of representing the good people of Poplar, among other places, who live around the northern exit of the Blackwall Tunnel and who suffer horrendous problems of air quality and congestion as a result of that being the only crossing within Greater London down river from Rotherhithe. There are very real concerns. You need to understand that there are concerns about the continued over congestion of the Blackwall Tunnel and that simply reintroducing contra flow is merely a stopgap. It may itself have severe health and safety problems and you will obviously need to take advice on that.
My question is: will you agree with me that the problems at Blackwall, if they do nothing else, emphasise the vital importance of building another river crossing for road traffic, notwithstanding the environmental concerns, and that there is a certain problem with - and I do appreciate and respect people's concerns about this - with the intense concerns of the people of Bexley about the Thames River Crossing on the one hand, and the same concerns of those people that they should have untrammelled access through the Blackwall Tunnel? Do you recognise that as Mayor you have hard choices and do you recognise that if you stop the reopened inquiry into the Thames River Crossing you will be extending, by several years definitely, the opening date of another road crossing of the Thames in East London and what are you going to do about that?