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Days left to have your say on crossings at Belvedere and Gallions Reach

PUBLISHED: 15:58 09 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:58 09 February 2016

Crossings at Gallions Reach and Belvedere

Crossings at Gallions Reach and Belvedere

TfL

The consultation closes on Friday

Bexley residents are being reminded to have their say on two proposed new river crossings.

The consultation run by Transport for London (TfL) closes on Friday, and asks local people for their views on the crossings that would link Thamesmead and Beckton, and Belvedere and Rainham.

Both crossings would cater for public transport and road users, including a potential extension of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR).

Subject to funding, both could be open by 2025.

Richard de Cani, managing director for planning at TfL, said: “With the capital’s population rising rapidly and more much-needed housing being built, crossing the river will become ever more important.

“The plans for these two new cross-river connections at Gallions Reach and Belvedere will help unlock opportunities for local people.

“Along with the Silvertown Tunnel, which will massively relieve congestion through the Blackwall Tunnel and improve bus links across the Thames, this comprehensive plan for more river crossings in east London will help transform an area, supporting regeneration and development on both sides of the river.”

However, the plans have received plenty of opposition from campaign groups, who argue extra crossings would only exacerbate problems.

A spokesperson for Bexley Against Road Crossings (BARC) said: “We know that TfL have spent millions on compiling these studies and we strongly recommend that Bexley council and other politicians analyse the reports in detail before they make any irrevocable decision.

“TfL have not fully addressed the concerns for the environment and the health of our children and elderly that the increased NO2 emissions will bring as our roads become congested.

“The effect will be felt greatest on or near the narrow streets and shopping areas closest to the crossings.

“There is a better way of creating jobs and providing pollution neutral housing by building DLR-Rail crossings which will achieve Bexley council’s core objective of connectivity and can connect to their favoured extension of Crossrail.”

To take part in the consultation, visit www.tfl.gov.uk/east-london-crossings before the Friday deadline.

To contact the BARC group, visit www.bexleyarc.org.uk

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