Local councils in east London are to recommend replacing a proposed ferry crossing of the Thames at Gallions Reach with a bridge, NCE can reveal.
Greenwich councillor Chris Roberts told NCE that Greenwich and Newham councils would recommend construction of the bridge as part of a Transport for London (TfL) public consultation on river crossings.
TfL has proposed a Gallion’s Reach Ferry to carry vehicles between Thamesmead and Beckton. It has also proposed a road tunnel at Silvertown, between 3km and 4km upstream. But Greenwich and Newham claim that the tunnel plus a bridge at Gallions Reach are needed.
“We are trying to emphasise the idea that we need both [fixed] crossings,” said Roberts. “We support the Silvertown Crossing proposals, but another [fixed] crossing at Gallion’s Reach is also needed.”
TfL closed its consultation on 1 February, but local councils have been given an extra month to put their submissions together.
“There aren’t enough crossings, which means that there aren’t a lot of chances for businesses to cross the river for work,” said Roberts.
In the last 10 years permission for 32,000 new homes has been granted in the Greenwich area alone, and 11,000 have been built so far. The councils fear that local roads will be unable to cope when the remaining 21,000 have been built and have launched ca campaign to build river crossings in East London. Local businesses have come out in support.