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Cost of Thamesmead river crossing rises to £150million

PUBLISHED: 15:07 02 October 2013 | UPDATED: 15:07 02 October 2013

A crossing at Thamesmead could spell the end for the Woolwich Ferry

A crossing at Thamesmead could spell the end for the Woolwich Ferry

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A proposed river crossing at Thamesmead would cost £150million, according to a new report.

Transport for London has raised this figure from the £132million it set in 2009/10 and it plans to hold another consultation this autumn to discuss options to replace the Woolwich Ferry.

London Assembly member Darren Johnson has criticised the plans.

He said: “The last phase of TfL’s river crossings consultation revealed that a majority of Bexley and Greenwich residents support a replacement ferry at Woolwich. The service is valued by locals and the supporting infrastructure is already in place.

“It would be crazy for the mayor and TfL to push for a Gallions Reach crossing which would require more hugely expensive new roads to be built and would generate more pollution and more traffic in one of the dirtiest parts of London.

“As the next phase of consultation gets underway in the coming months, I would urge everyone to tell the mayor that costly new road crossings are not needed.”

A final decision will be made next summer.

In a consultation this spring more than 70 per cent of respondants said they supported plans for the controversial Thamesmead crossing, which London Mayor Boris Johnson scrapped when he came to power in 2008.

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