Newham residents - main purpose for crossing the Thames (2)

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


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. Do you agree that travellers undertaking these non-essential leisure trips should not be encouraged to use private vehicles for their journeys, given the range of public transport options available for crossing the Thames? Do you view building a new road tunnel as an effective way to encourage leisure travellers out of their cars?


Answer for Newham residents - main purpose for crossing the Thames (2)

Answer for Newham residents - main purpose for crossing the Thames (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Please see my response to MQ1366 / 2013, London's population is forecast to grow by more than 1.1m by 2031 and the east sub-region 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.

Over the past 20 years there has been sustained investment in public transport capacity across the Thames between Tower Bridge and the Dartford crossing with a number of new or enhanced routes:

• The Jubilee line, which opened in 1999, and was subsequently enhanced with more frequent and longer trains; • Docklands Light Railway (extended to Greenwich and Lewisham in 1999, and subsequently enhanced with longer trains, and to Woolwich in 2009); • High Speed 1, which started operating frequent high speed trains between Kent and east London in 2009; • London Underground's East London line was transferred to the London Overground network, with new services to a much wider range of destinations from 2010, and further services from 2012. • The Emirates Air Line, which opened in 2012, providing a dedicated foot and cycle river crossing.

Crossrail is now under construction and will provide a new high frequency cross-river link to Woolwich from 2018.