TfL plans two new Thames crossings

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Transport for London has launched a consultation on two proposed new Thames crossings in the east of London.

The first proposal is for a crossing at Gallions Reach to link Thamesmead and Beckton.

The second is for a crossing at Belvedere, linking Belvedere to Rainham. Both are planned to include a range of transport options and the consultation is asking for views about potential public transport links.

The proposals have been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association which said new river crossings in East London is a must for freight to provide the connectivity the area needs to grow.

Natalie Chapman, head of policy for London said:  “Cross-river road connectivity in East London is extremely poor in comparison to West London.  The area is one of major growth in the capital for new housing and jobs. But to ensure its success, it needs the infrastructure to underpin it.

She pointed out:  “The Blackwall Tunnel is a key pinch point on the capital’s network, it is unreliable and the regular congestion around it means the local area suffers particularly from poor air quality.  FTA fully supports the proposals for a new crossing at Silvertown and today’s announcement of plans for additional crossings further east is good news for business.”

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