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Mayor calls for Gallions Reach crossing to be delivered sooner

3 December 2015 in Business and Community safety and Mayor
The recognition that a bridge or tunnel at Gallions Reach should be a key way of crossing the Thames in the future has been welcomed by the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales.
However, he has reiterated that it needs to be built as quickly as possible to tackle the predicted increase in traffic in the area and unlock its massive economic potential to help create thousands of jobs.

His call comes as Transport for London (TfL) this week launched a public consultation on the potential usage of a new crossing between Beckton and Thamesmead. It forms part of the Mayor of London’s vision of 13 new Thames crossings between Imperial Wharf and Dartford.

However, TfL has said the earliest a new crossing at Gallions Reach would be completed would be 2025 and it is planned to introduce a toll on any new crossing to help towards covering the cost of building it.

Sir Robin said: “Finally the Mayor of London has listened to our calls that a crossing at Gallions Reach is much needed by our residents and businesses and vital to the regeneration of East London.

“We have been fighting for years for a river crossing for different modes of transport to help tackle congestion and open up the economic growth in this part of London. It is bitterly disappointing that we could have to wait another decade before any crossing is finished.

“It is infuriating that our residents and businesses will be penalised for years of under investment in east London by having to pay to use any new crossing when those in west London are not charged. We will be pushing for fair reductions and concessions for local people.”

The TfL consultation runs until Friday 12 February.