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Bexley campaign group fires warning at council and TfL over proposed Belvedere and Gallions Reach crossings

PUBLISHED: 14:34 18 January 2016 | UPDATED: 13:14 20 January 2016

Crossings at Gallions Reach and Belvedere. Photo: TfL

Crossings at Gallions Reach and Belvedere. Photo: TfL

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The consultation closes on February 12

A campaign group has warned TfL and Bexley council “do not waste the opportunity” as the consultation into proposed crossings at Belvedere and Gallions Reach draws to a close.

Transport for London (TfL) invited residents to have their say on the issue on December 2 over crossings that would connect Belvedere with Rainham and Thamesmead with Beckton.

The report on the outcome of this consultation, which closes on February 12, is expected to be published in March with the crossings expected to be completed by 2025.

But Bexley Against Road Crossings (BARC) - a local group supported by the Campaign for Better Transport and the Green Party - are concerned about the congestion and pollution problems that the crossings would bring to the area, and is asking the authorities to re-think its plans.

A spokesperson for the group said: “We support most of the borough’s growth strategy, but they will get it fundamentally wrong if relying entirely on roads to achieve their objectives.

“The congestion in north Bexley will spill over into all corners of the borough, killing off the high street businesses in Brampton Road, Bexley Road, Long Lane, Nuxley Road and Erith.

“Who would want to shop locally or at Bexleyheath Centre when it will be easier to get to Lakeside where there will be free unrestricted parking?

“We implore TfL and Bexley council to use their imaginations; there are marvellous opportunities to achieve economic growth and maintain a decent environment for us all.

“Do not waste the opportunity.”

One member, Tony Fairbairn, was also unhappy to discover that hard copies of the consultation material were not available in local libraries until January 4.

He said: “Pensioners who do not use computers may not have known about it until then, which I think is wrong.”

In response to these claims, Matthew Yates, head of transport planning and projects at TfL, said: “All the material that is available on the website has also been available in hard copy on request since the launch date and the consultation leaflet has been distributed to local libraries and community centres.

“These two crossings - for road and public transport users - would provide significant benefits to both local people and business and help to unlock jobs and homes on both sides of the river.”

To take part in the consultation, visit https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/rivercrossings/east-of-silvertown/consultation/subpage.2015-09-03.3976631085/view

To contact BARC, visit their website at http://www.bexleyarc.org.uk/

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