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Ferry and cycle travel boost plan

PUBLISHED: 17:22 12 August 2009 | UPDATED: 17:02 25 August 2010

AN additional river crossing and updates to a ferry service to ease traffic congestion has been recommended.

AN additional river crossing and updates to a ferry service to ease traffic congestion has been recommended.

Transport for London (TfL) wants further work to look into improvements to passenger ferry services, a pedestrian and cycle bridge between North Greenwich and Canary Wharf, and a tunnel or bridge crossing at Silvertown.

The East London River Crossings Review was carried out by TfL at the request of Mayor Boris Johnson.

It also recommends consideration of a new vehicle ferry crossing at Gallions Reach with the potential to upgrade to a fixed link and options to upgrade the Woolwich Ferry.

The next stage of feasibility studies will be carried out in time to inform the new Mayoral Transport Strategy which will be published for public consultation later this year.

Mr Johnson said: "Anyone that has ever tried to cross the Thames in East London is aware of the lack of crossings and the congestion this causes.

"The residents and businesses in this part of London deserve better and I am absolutely determined to deliver the improvements they require.

"This report makes a series of sensible recommendations that we will now dig deeper into and that I will consider as I put together my transport strategy for the capital."

After the Thames Gateway Bridge was rejected by planning inspectors the Mayor has asked TfL to find alternative options for new east London river crossings.

Their review will look at road congestion around the Blackwall Tunnel, the Isle of Dogs and North Greenwich to improving access for pedestrians and cyclists and the need to provide access to employment opportunities on both sides of the river.

Canary Wharf, Excel and the 02 Arena have boosted demand for travel across the river. Opportunities for travelling to these new destinations from some areas south of the river such as north Bexley and parts of Greenwich are restricted.

The opening of the extended East London Line next year and Crossrail in 2017 will provide new transport links across but further improvements are required to ease vehicle traffic across the river.

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