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Vision for 13 new London river crossings unveiled

Artist Impression of a crossing at Gallions Reach

A total of 13 new bridges and tunnels have been proposed by the Mayor of London, in a new strategic plan for cross-river transport.

The proposed crossings, which cater for both road users and public transport, are the result of a report called Connecting the Capital.

If all were built, it would increase the number of river crossings between Imperial Wharf and Dartford by more than a third. Most of the crossings are for east London, where local population growth is expected to increase the most over the coming years. The bridges and tunnels would be built between now and 2050.

London mayor Boris Johnson said: “Building a series of new bridges and tunnels across the Thames is essential for the future prosperity of our rapidly-growing city. By creating more links between the north and south of the river, we won’t just improve day-to-day travelling across the Capital, we’ll unlock areas for development and create thousands of jobs and homes. From Fulham in the west to Dartford in the east, this is a vital package of crossings that will drive economic growth and get more people walking, cycling and on to public transport.’

The report marks the start of a consultation on two of the proposed crossings by Transport for London (TfL).

The first crossing is at Gallions Reach to link Thamesmead and Beckton. The other is to link Belvedere to Rainham.

TfL managing director for planning Richard de Cani said: “With the Capital’s population rising rapidly and more much-needed housing being built, crossing the river will become ever more important. New cross-river connections can unlock opportunities for local people and help transform an area, supporting regeneration and development. We must progress plans for this package of crossings if we are to support London’s growth and galvanise the economic potential it presents.”


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