River crossings

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2013
Reference: 
2013/0759
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Do you accept that measures such as new dedicated cycle crossing over the Thames, extending the 108 bus route to the Olympic Park and helping to secure full operation at the Woolwich Crossrail station when Crossrail services commence would provide far better river crossing links to the many people in places such as Lewisham and Greenwich who do not own cars than the proposed new Silvertown road tunnel?

Answer

Answer for River crossings

Answer for River crossings

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response received on 11 April 2013.

Over the past 15 years, there has been significant investment in new public transport crossings across the Thames in east and south east London, with two new crossings by the DLR; the Jubilee line crossing the Thames three times; the Overground enhancements to the East London Line and the pedestrian/cycle only Emirates Air Line. This package of crossings has increased cross river capacity by almost six times and, on top of this, Crossrail will provide a further crossing from 2019. Over this period, the population of the surrounding area has increased substantially and there has been no increase in the level of road capacity provided.

The level of growth planned for east London is such that new road crossings are essential to meet the needs of business. In the absence of additional road crossings, levels of congestion would increase, air quality would get worse and the growth in jobs and homes planned for east London would not materialise.