East London River Crossings Timeframe

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Len Duvall OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


If there is positive support for a further river crossing east of Tower Bridge, please outline the timetable and milestones for completion Transport for London are working with.


Answer for East London River Crossings Timeframe

Answer for East London River Crossings Timeframe

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. I believe these new crossings along with new rail crossings are essential to supporting the growth of east London.  

TfL has already started a public consultation in preparation for an application for powers to construct and operate the Silvertown Tunnel to be submitted at the end of next year. Subject to approval from the Secretary of State, this Tunnel could be operational by 2022.

Initial findings from a recent public consultation on river crossings further east than Silvertown Tunnel suggest significant public support to develop plans for new road crossings at both Gallions Reach and Belvedere.  As a consequence, TfL will develop both of these proposals further.  TfL will continue to fully review all the consultation responses and a report setting out next steps will be prepared by the end of the year. It is anticipated a further consultation on these crossing options would commence before the end of 2015.