New River Crossings - Ruse or Reality

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3219
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

While welcoming your surprise announcement that two further river crossings might be built, can you confirm that your clear policy preference will be for building, subject to design and consultation, a crossing at Gallions Reach and that the proposed further 'Belvedere Crossing' is not simply proposed to confuse and further delay decision making.

Answer

Answer for New River Crossings - Ruse or Reality

Answer for New River Crossings - Ruse or Reality

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have always advocated a package of new river crossings for east London.  My Transport Strategy identifies two new road based crossings in east London and the London Infrastructure Plan 2050 identifies up to three, possibly more, to meet the long term growth needs of the City.

The fact that schemes at both Gallions Reach and Belvedere were included in last summer's consultation is a recognition of the long-term needs of east London to support the growth that is happening.  It is absolutely clear that this long-term growth will require a number of new road based river crossings to be constructed.  The consultation invited views on both options.  It also made it clear  that these schemes are not competing with each other but could potentially complement one another and the Silvertown Tunnel proposal.

TfL has published the full Consultation Report and is progressing work on more detailed designs for both crossings.  A further consultation on these more detailed options will take place later this year ahead of a submission for powers in 2018 (subject to the results of the consultation and funding).  Subject to powers being granted construction could begin in 2021 with the crossing(s) open after 2025.It can be accessed at: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/river-crossings .

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