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One month to go in Belvedere and Gallions Reach crossings consultations

PUBLISHED: 15:53 11 January 2016 | UPDATED: 15:54 11 January 2016

Crossings at Gallions Reach and Belvedere. Photo: TfL

Crossings at Gallions Reach and Belvedere. Photo: TfL

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After the consultation close on February 12, a report will be published in March with the crossings expected to be completed by 2025

A consultation into proposed crossings at Belvedere and Gallions Reach has only a month left to run.

Transport for London (TfL) invited residents to have their say on the issue on December 2 over crossings that would connect Belvedere with Rainham and Thamesmead with Beckton.

The report on the outcome of this consultation, which closes on February 12, is expected to be published in March with the crossings expected to be completed by 2025.

There would be a charge for vehicles to use the crossings to manage demand and help pay for the scheme.

The proposed crossings are in addition to the planned Silvertown Tunnel near the existing Blackwall Tunnel and the proposed new Lower Thames Crossing being developed by Highways England for the Department for Transport.

A TfL spokesperson said: “London’s population is expected to increase by 1.5m people over the next 15 years, and over one third of this growth is forecast to happen in east London.

“The proposed crossings at Gallions Reach and Belvedere can play a key role in supporting this growth and helping drive London’s economy by providing better connections across the Thames in this part of the capital.”

Part of the consultation asks whether residents would prefer a bridge or tunnel crossing.

Colin Stanbridge, chief executive, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “London is growing eastwards and that means we need the right infrastructure to open-up new opportunities.

“Like the Mayor and TfL, we are eager to see new crossings to connect the businesses and communities north and south of the river to unlock potential growth.”

For more information and to have your say, visit https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/rivercrossings/east-of-silvertown?cid=east-london-crossings

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