Lower Roding Crossing

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3698
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

While emphasis is understandably focused on Thames River crossings, what ideas do you have for a Lower Roding Crossing, to improve local access and reduce dependence on the A13?

Answer

Answer for Lower Roding Crossing

Answer for Lower Roding Crossing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have recently announced plans for three new road crossings of the river in east London at Silvertown, Gallions Reach and Belvedere. These new crossings are essential to supporting the growth of east London.

The River Roding is a barrier to east-west movement between Newham and Barking. While substantially narrower than the Thames, it is a navigable river with similar clearance issues to the Thames on the section south of the A13. There are currently a number of limitations to the future growth of the area including the presence of the Beckton sewage works and a number of operational wharfs. In the long term and as the area develops, there will be a need for new east-west connectivity, particularly for public transport, pedestrians and cyclists. A new crossing of some sort will be necessary. 

TfL is undertaking a study of the A13 corridor which is due to conclude in Spring 2015. The aim of this study is to identify a series of interventions that could help support the significant population and employment growth expected in east London, while enabling the A13 to provide an efficient and reliable route into central London. This study will consider the options for crossing the River Roding.