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EAST LONDON RIVER CROSSINGS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 916: tabled on 08 January 2014

Tabled in the 2013-14 session.

This motion has been signed by 13 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House believes there is a need for additional road crossings on the River Thames east of Tower Bridge; further believes that this is best delivered by a tunnel between Silvertown and the Greenwich Peninsula and a bridge between Beckton and Thamesmead; notes that London's population is set to reach 10 million by 2030 and that the majority of its growth will take place in the East and South East of London; further notes that there are 22 road crossings in London west of Tower Bridge and just two to the east; further notes that opinion polling commissioned by the London Borough of Newham showed that 77 per cent of residents believed that there should be additional river crossings in East and South East London and 71 per cent would prefer a bridge rather than a ferry to connect Beckton and Thamesmead; further notes an economic impact study by Peter Brett Associates that estimates a bridge between Beckton and Thamesmead would add £55.7 million a year to the local economy, which is 10 times more than a comparable estimate for a ferry; further notes that additional fixed crossings are supported by key London business groups, including the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and calls on Transport for London to publish plans for new fixed river crossings between the Greenwich Peninsula and Silvertown and between Thamesmead and Beckton as soon as possible.