What are the best sorts of crossings for the east Thames?
Everyone wants the two sides of the river better connected east of Tower Bridge, but there’s disagreement about the best way to do it
The Commons transport committee has come out firmly in favour of more Thames road crossings east of Tower Bridge. It thinks “a package” of them is “long overdue” and welcomes the bunch proposed by Transport for London (TfL) last year. This foresees the planned Silvertown tunnel augmented by an improved Woolwich Ferry, a bridge or ferry at Gallions Reach and, furthest out, a new bridge linking Rainham and Belvedere.
Caroline Pidgeon, Lib Dem transport spokesperson on the London Assembly, has poured scorn on the report. “Far from being forward-looking, it is based on ideas dating back to the 1970s,” she says. Pidgeon finds it “bitterly disappointing” that improved public transport, cycling or pedestrian links across the river aren’t even mentioned.
Source: Guardian Transport