East London could see two new river crossings at Gallions Reach and Belvedere after both schemes received overwhelming public support.
Consultation on the proposals by Transport for London (TfL) showed that 88% of people support a new crossing at Gallions Reach, linking Thamesmead and Beckton, or at Belvedere, linking Belvedere to Rainham. In the same consultation 77% said they supported new crossings at both locations, which would cater for public transport and road users and help secure London’s future success.
TfL said that its work showed that both proposed crossings would provide significant benefits to local people and businesses and help support jobs and homes on both sides of the river.
The crossings would incorporate a network of new and extended bus services and could also provide opportunities for new walking and cycling links, as well as a potential extension of the Docklands Light Railway from Gallions Reach across the Thames to a new station at Thamesmead.
London mayor Boris Johnson said: “There is no doubt that new river crossings in the east are going to be vital to the future prosperity of our rapidly-growing city,” he said. “As well as improving transport links for all, they will unlock swathes of land for development, leading to new jobs and homes, and improving areas for businesses and communities.
“Gallions Reach and Belvedere are just the start of a series of crossings that are going to prove a real boost to the capital, and I’m delighted that Londoners have given us their unequivocal backing.”
TfL said that it would continue to work with local boroughs and other key stakeholders to develop the plans for the crossings and will consider feedback from this consultation to help inform the next steps for the project. These include key decisions about the type of public transport that could be provided on these crossings, and formal consultation about future designs. Subject to Government authorisation and funding being available, the new crossings could open around 2025.
In the meantime, TfL said that it was extending the life of the Woolwich Ferry service.