What impact do you think planned new River Thames crossings will have on East London? Might they bring positive effects?
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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today announced a new commitment to new river crossings in east London in the next decade, aimed at supporting the growth of housing and businesses in the areas either side of the river. New developments would also focus on increasing job opportunities and improving green space in these areas that are currently poorly connected with other parts of the city.
The plans include:
Accelerating plans for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Rotherhithe & Canary Wharf, linking with the Cycle Superhighway network.
Making proposals for Silvertown Tunnel greener and more public transport-focused, and exploring further benefits for local residents who use the tunnel
A DLR crossing at Gallions Reach, helping support the development of around 17,000 new homes across Newham and the Royal Borough of Greenwich
Further assessment work for a Barking Riverside-Abbey Wood London Overground crossing
Further assessment of a North Greenwich-Isle of Dogs ferry, supporting new development on the Greenwich Peninsula and the Isle of Dogs
No designs for the new crossings, aside from the Silvertown Tunnel, have been agreed on yet - and all proposals will be subject to consultation with Londoners, stakeholder organisations and businesses. Developers would be actively involved in funding the crossings.
What do you think of these plans? Do you live in the proposed areas to connected and how would new crossings affect you? How do you currently get around in that part of London?
In general, I fully agree that more crossings are required at East London. I also understand the need for funding and that a crossing fee is intended for Silvertown / Blackwall Tunnel. No problem paying the fee to recoup the construction of the tunnel (or any other crossing). What I have a problem with is that the fees will stay in place afterwards to fund maintenance.
Question: The older crossings at West and Central London surely require more cost intense maintenance. Is there an intend to introduce maintenance (crossing) fees for those or are we East Londoners supposed to fund our crossings and the crossings of the (richer) West End to?
Yes Chukwuemezie, let's reintroduce plans for a East London bridge along with the proposed transport links. the Thamemead area is one that badly needs better connectivity and regeneration and the Barking riverside area regeneration seems incomplete without the potential for crossing South of the river.
There is a desperate need for more bridges or tunnels, the proposed extra ferry would do nothing for transport links because it all takes too long to board, cross and disembark. Constant flow schemes are the only way forward.
Much needed - must be prioritised. Less congestion at current crossings would increase efficiency and reduce pollution.
Ken livingstone pioneered a wonderful scheme to build a bridge from thamesmead the other side as there is constant congestion and disruption of traffic between north and south of the river thames.
london is the capitol city of the world, hence we need an alternative river crossing to the blackwall tunnel.
Good old ken livingstone had the right idea when he introduced plans to build a bridge from thamesmead to the other side of the river thames.
why has his idea been trashed ?
The building of this bridge should take priority over any other plans to improve communication links within the hub of of our capital city.
Scrap the "ski-lift" and the "million pound bus" that the government endorsed under boris mayorship - It makes sense !