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Consultation opens for new Thames crossing

Transport for London (TfL) has today launched a public consultation for a road tunnel and ferry crossing in east London.

The proposed scheme, previously unveiled by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, would be located next to the Blackwall Tunnel and run underneath the River Thames connecting Silvertown with the Greenwich Peninsula.

If approved, the tunnel could transport up to 6,000 additional vehicles per hour relieving pressure on the nearby Blackwall and Rotherhithe Tunnels.

The ferry crossing would link Beckton directly with Thamesmead at Gallions Reach and could transport up to 600 vehicles per day. It is envisaged the new crossing would replace the existing Woolwich Ferry.

Construction for the proposed new links could begin as early as 2015, with the vehicle ferry operational by 2017 and the Silvertown tunnel open by 2021.

Public consultation opens today until 5 March and can be accessed here.

Concern has been raised over increased pollution due to the scheme.

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