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Bexley Council oppose Thamesmead river crossing

PUBLISHED: 09:40 06 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:40 06 March 2013

Building a river crossing at Thamesmead would be disastrous for the borough of Bexley, according to the council who voted to oppose move towards it.

A group of Bexley’s most powerful councillors voted that plans to install a fixed link from Thamesmead to Beckton at Gallions Reach be rejected during a meeting on Monday night (4).

Cllr Gareth Bacon, the cabinet member for the environment and public realm, said: “Our message to Transport for London and those who are pushing for a fixed link at Thamesmead is clear.

“Bexley will not stand by and let the bridge back in with all the congestion that would entail in our borough. It has been proven to be a fundamentally flawed idea and would be disastrous for local people.

“There are other locations which would be clearly much better suited, such as Woolwich.”

The council did suggest it would support plans for a new tunnel at Silvertown.

Back in 2004 a scheme to build a six-lane crossing at Gallions Reach was approved by Greenwich and Newham councils.

However, Bexley, as a neighbouring authority, objected to the application which was then passed onto the Secretary of State, who allowed TfL further time but the scheme was eventually dropped after the election of Boris Johnson as mayor.

He is set to consider the crossing options further next month.

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