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Plans for Thames crossing at Rainham garner support

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 March 2015

An artist's impression of the bridge which is not intended to represent the finished project

An artist's impression of the bridge which is not intended to represent the finished project

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Plans for a river crossing at Rainham progressed a step further as thousands of people agreed a new bridge is needed in east London according to a report released by Transport for London (TfL) earlier this month.

A consultation on several proposed sites for the new crossing TfL has revealed it has narrowed down the options to just two.

The first is Belvedere which would connect the A13 at Marsh Way with North Bexley on the other side of the Thames.

This would go right into the middle of the site where Havering Council plan to build 3,500 homes, a train station, and health and leisure facilities.

The other crossing would extend over the river from Gallions Reach to Thamesmead.

More detailed plans to develop the crossings will go out to a public consultation in the autumn where the public’s preferred choice will be decided.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Delivering new river crossings to the east is going to be vital to the future success and prosperity of the capital.

“They have the power to unlock areas for development, creating jobs and new homes, better connecting people, businesses and communities and helping manage the impact of population growth.

“We’ve built the Emirates Air Line and we’re pressing ahead with the Silvertown Tunnel, but we’re going to have to do much more if we’re to meet the challenges that an ever-growing city presents.”

The Belvedere crossing, if built, would mean an additional 70,000 businesses and 165,000 jobs would be within an average commuting time (37 minutes) of North Bexley.

The population of east London is forecasted to increase by 600,000 by 2013 meaning much more demand on the existing infrastructure in the area.

Commuters could potentially have more to celebrate with another crossing being proposed by the Department for Transport further downstream.

The two sites currently being considered are one that connects the M25, A13 and M2 extending east around Grays and Gravesend and the other runs alongside the existing QE2 Bridge.

However, a report released yesterday by the Transport Select Committee criticised the government’s delayed approach to building another structure which could alleviated congestion at the notorious Dartford Crossing calling it “disappointing”.

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