TfL consultation in which almost 90 per cent backed Thames crossings at Gallions Reach and Belvedere branded 'inadequate'
PUBLISHED: 09:32 16 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:32 16 March 2016
The consultation closed on February 12
A consultation which revealed “overwhelming public support” for new river crossings at Gallions Reach and Belvedere has been branded “inadequate” and “misleading” by a campaign group.
Proposals put forward by Transport for London (TfL), received significant backing, with 88 per cent of respondents supporting a new crossing linking Thamesmead and Beckton, or Belvedere to Rainham.
Around 3,500 (77 per cent) support new crossings at both locations, which TfL says would cater for public transport and road users and help secure London’s future success.
The crossings would incorporate a network of new and extended bus services and could also provide opportunities for new walking and cycling links, as well as a potential extension of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) from Gallions Reach across the Thames to a new station at Thamesmead.
However, Bexley Against Road Crossings (BARC) has slammed the data, with a spokesperson saying: “Overall the consultation was inadequate and certainly not fit for purpose.
“More than two million people will suffer because of the crossings - 4500 respondents is hardly representative.
“Further, the consultation was flawed and gave the misleading impression that the road crossings would reduce congestion; it is clear that many people responded on that basis.
“There is overwhelming evidence that this kind of road capacity always increases congestion and destroys communities, yet the consultation did not tell people that, nor did it point out the dangers posed by the increased pollution and decimation of housing that will result from the crossings.”
TfL says it will continue to work with local boroughs and other key stakeholders to develop the plans for the crossings and will consider feedback from this consultation to help inform the next steps for the project, with the aim of opening the crossings in 2025.
Richard de Cani, managing director for planning at TfL, said: “With the capital’s population rising rapidly and more much-needed housing being built, crossing the river will become ever more important.
“It’s great to see overwhelming support for these two new cross-river connections at Gallions Reach and Belvedere, which would provide better public transport links and help unlock opportunities for local people.”
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “There is no doubt that new river crossings in the east are going to be vital to the future prosperity of our rapidly-growing city.
“As well as improving transport links for all, they will unlock swathes of land for development, leading to new jobs and homes, and improving areas for businesses and communities.”