Bexley Thames crossing plans draw mixed reactions

PUBLISHED: 17:07 22 October 2012

The Woolwich ferry

The Woolwich ferry


A second consultation which is being launched at the end of the month into a proposed new Thames crossing from Bexley and north of the river has drawn mixed reactions from the borough’s politicans.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is looking for views on his preferred river crossing options, which include a ferry linking Thamesmead to Beckton north of the river.

Bexley council has backed the plans but Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce sounded a cautionary note.

She said: “I’m concerned about the new ferry service because I don’t think it will be free.”

“The Mayor’s office haven’t confirmed if it will be and I’m afraid the cost of it might be shifted onto residents.”

The Thamesmead to Beckton ferry would replace the Woolwich Crossing, which has been free to use.

A spokesperson for TfL said: “It’s too early to say if the crossing will charge passengers to use it.”

Drop-in sessions for people in Bexley to ask questions will be held at Thamesmead Library on November 17, Abbey Wood Community Centre on November 19 and Bexleyheath Broadway Shopping Centre on December 6.

The consultation runs from Monday (October 29) to February 1 next year. For more information visit

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