London Mayor Boris Johnson has this week revealed that Transport for London (TfL) will spend a further £6M on options for an east London crossing bringing its total cost in investigating a new crossing to £20M.
In response to a formal question from London Authority representative Darren Johnson the mayor would spend a further £6M investigating options in 2013/14.
“It is very disappointing that TfL and the Mayor are ploughing such a large sum of money into building their case for the new Thames crossings. The £6M would have been far better allocated to making our roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians or tackling the pollution caused by the cars already clogging up London’s roads. I urge the Mayor to introduce a trial toll of £2.50 on the Blackwall tunnel which would remove the need for a new road crossing to be built at all.”
TfL has already spent £10M on the aborted Thames Gateway Bridge between 2000 and 2004 and a further £4M funding the public enquiry between July 2007 and June 2008