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New Thames crossing projects edge forward after consultation

Construction of two new River Thames crossings moved a step closer this week after Transport for London (TfL) completed the first round of public consultation for a new road and ferry crossing in East London.

On Monday London mayor Boris Johnson is due to receive the initial consultation report for the new Silvertown road tunnel next to the existing Blackwall Tunnel and for a new vehicle ferry crossing at Gallions Reach further east.

TfL estimates the road tunnel will cost £700M.

It will run under the Thames, connecting Silvertown, north of the river, with the Greenwich Peninsula to the south.
If approved, the new tunnel will carry 6,000 vehicles per hour relieving traffic on the nearby Rotherhithe and Blackwall tunnels.

Initial costs for the ferry crossing at Gallions Reach are £185M. The new crossing would carry 600 vehicles per hour and could replace the existing ferry at Woolwich.

2015 start

Construction of both options could begin as soon as 2015 with the ferry crossing operational in 2017 and the new tunnel opening in 2021.

Lobby group Campaign for Better Transport opposes both crossings saying they will increase local traffic levels.
It also cast doubt on TfL’s claim that the new crossing will unlock growth in the area. The group says TfL has failed to justify these growth claims

TfL is due to launch a further consultation exercise at the end of the year.

  • The second steel tower for the £60M Emirates Air Line cable car across the Thames between the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Dock

Readers' comments (1)

  • Lionel jones

    Why do TfL make such grossly miscalculated estimates? The most recent transport tunnel under the Thames was the CTRL tunnel at an outturn cost of approx. £140m in 2007.
    The Thames tunnel contract for Crossrail was awarded last year at approx. £190m.
    Where does TfL's 500m increase come from?

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