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Transport for London survey favours fixed Thamesmead crossing

PUBLISHED: 16:30 08 May 2013 | UPDATED: 12:51 10 May 2013

The Woolwich Ferry has become increasingly overstretched

The Woolwich Ferry has become increasingly overstretched

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A Transport for London (TfL) river crossings consultation has revealed that more people would rather have a fixed crossing in Thamesmead than a new ferry, figures released today revealed.

Of all the respondents 71 per cent said they would support a fixed link from Gallions Reach to the north of the river, as opposed to 51 per cent who said they would back a ferry.

This is despite the fact a ferry could be delivered four years quicker, in 2017 rather than 2021.

More than 10,000 responses were received for both consultations, the other one being how to link Silvertown and the Greenwich Peninsula.

TfL’s managing director of planning Michele Dix said: “We have delivered very significant public transport improvements providing better connections across the Thames in south and south-east London, however with London’s population potentially reaching 10 million by 2031, we recognise the importance that will be placed on transporting goods and services throughout east and south-east London.

“The proposed additional road infrastructure is vital. Apart from the opening of the QEII Bridge at Dartford there has been no increase in the capacity of the highway network across the river in east London for nearly 50 years.

“Both the Blackwall Tunnel and Woolwich Ferry are operating under considerable stress.

“We will review the river crossings consultation report findings to decide what the next steps will be. There will be further more detailed consultations if any of the proposals are taken forward.”

A third of those that took part supported charging users to fund the crossings and 90 per cent agreed there was a need for more crossings between south-east and east London.

The consultation closed on February 1 this year and TfL will now consider the findings before deciding what to do.

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