Newham residents - main purpose for crossing the Thames (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1366
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The biggest proportion of Newham residents who responded to TfL's river crossings consultation cited 'leisure or tourism' as the main reason they cross the Thames. Given that so many Newham residents travel outside of their borough to spend money on leisure activities, do you agree that these destination boroughs have more to gain financially from a new crossing than the borough of Newham?

Answer

Answer for Newham residents - main purpose for crossing the Thames (1)

Answer for Newham residents - main purpose for crossing the Thames (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No I do not. The proposals are intended to meet the needs of the population of east and south east London, and to help meet the challenges posed by the forecast growth in London's population that is expected over the next 18 years. London's population is forecast to grow by more than 1.1m by 2031 and the east sub-region, which includes the London Borough of Newham, is predicted to account for more than a third of this growth.

This growth will generate an increase in demand for travel for work, leisure and other uses. Even if the vast majority of this is by public transport, there is still a need for more road capacity across the river in this location.