The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry has released images of how a bridge it would like to see built across the Thames between Thamesmead and Beckton at Gallions Reach could look. The new artist images include a segregated cycle lane.
Some of you may remember this potential crossing when it was called the Thames Gateway Bridge — it’s basically the same position — which Boris Johnson pulled the plug on after being elected the first time. The LCCI says a river crossing in the east is needed as London grows, claiming it could create up to 18,000 jobs, add £55.7m a year to the local economy and support the 80,000 new homes planned for Gallions Reach. Transport for London held a consultation (PDF) last year and found 71% of respondents were in favour of a bridge at that point, around 20% more than wanted a ferry. However, Bexley council — which strongly opposed the Thames Gateway Bridge — is back on the campaign trail against Bridge East London (as the new one is being dubbed) and points out the TfL consultation had only a 2% response rate.
Green Assembly Member Darren Johnson also cites similar objections to those being made against proposals for a tunnel at Silvertown:
“This new road bridge will bring more traffic, congestion and pollution to the streets of east London. Local people have been rejecting plans for this bridge for over 30 years and the latest set of pretty artist drawings won’t disguise the fact that this new road will bring pollution and traffic jams to their area.
“East London has been growing fast and has benefited from several new public transport links in the last few years. Evidence to the last public inquiry on this new road showed that it wouldn’t help the local economy, but that it would create pollution and congestion.”