Thames crossings

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3225
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

How much is being spent in this financial year on the investigation of new crossings of the River Thames between Tower Bridge and Dartford Crossing. How much has been budgeted for 2010/11?

Answer

Answer for Thames crossings

Answer for Thames crossings

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The work that TfL is doing to investigate options for crossing the river in east London is being undertaken as part of the wider sub regional planning work for east London. This includes an assessment of the key challenges and priorities going forward that help deliver my wider transport strategy in east London. River Crossings are a key part of this and TfL is investigating a number of options for improving opportunities to cross the river in the short, medium and long term. As part of my drive to reduce costs and expenditure across the GLA group, a great deal of this work is being done by TfL staff working closely with colleagues across the GLA family and the Boroughs. Some specialist work has to be commissioned and TfL has up to £400,000 allocated to investigate the engineering feasibility of new crossing options in east London for this financial year.

For next financial year, TfL has modest funds to continue planning and assessment work on a variety of projects referred to in the Transport Strategy. How exactly this is allocated to specific projects has yet to be determined. It will depend on the outcomes and conclusions of the current year's work on river crossing options, as well as the responses to the consultation on my new transport strategy; both of these will inform which schemes we are likely to prioritise for further study.