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Councillors on both sides made fresh calls for improvements to the borough's transport this week

PUBLISHED: 11:15 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:15 21 July 2017

Bexley riverfront

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The borough has called for the Elizabeth Line to be extended across the borough

Fresh calls to extend the Elizabeth Line were made from Tory and Labour councillors at a meeting this week.

Councillors at the meeting on Wednesday night went on to make the case for improving north-south transport in the borough and potential river crossings including an extension of the Docklands Light Railway into Thamesmead.

In a motion put forward by councillor Sean Newman, councillors agreed: “To make the strongest representations to the mayor of London and the government that each new crossing presents an opportunity to improve public transport in Bexley.”

With a consultation on the future growth of the borough set to end in a week’s time, councillors highlighted their hopes of extending the Elizabeth Line from Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet, calling at Erith, Belvedere and Slade Green.

Alex Sawyer, cabinet member for traffic and transport said: “There should be no limit to our ambition as to what, with the right infrastructure, this borough can be - and what our residents can achieve.”

Labour leader Daniel Francis said: “The regeneration of this borough is too fundamental to be a political football.

“Tonight we’ve committed to making Bexley better and to work with our local communities to make sure that regeneration works with them, not in spite of them.”

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