Architects have revealed plans for a £600 million Thames crossing in East London linking Beckton and Thamesmead at Gallions Reach.

The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) which is backing the plan says east  London  is  presently poorly served by crossings.

The concept, called Bridge East London, would allow clear passage for ships and takes into account aircraft taking off and landing at City Airport. It would also provide a link for cyclists, with a segregated cycle path, and would also open up new bus routes crossing the river.

The idea has been created by architects HOK with engineering and design consultants Arup.
Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive of LCCI said: "Nearly half of London's population lives east of Tower Bridge yet they are served by only two fixed road river crossings.

" It is an area with huge amounts of potential and while the Olympics acted as a crucible for creativity and dynamism in the area, its future growth is being held back by this gap in transport infrastructure.

"We know that the Mayor [Boris Johnson] shares our enthusiasm for helping the east of the capital to maximise its exciting reinvention. The area is currently attracting the worlds brightest and best whether to the financial heartland of Canary Wharf, the Royal Docks development or the high-tech firms flocking to Silicon Roundabout in Shoreditch.

"New road river crossings linking east and south east London over the Thames will bring new jobs and homes to an area of the capital that has been overlooked for too long."

Growing city

Richard Gammon, HOK's Global Director, said: "If the full potential of east London is to be harnessed and maximised to the benefit of our growing city, then we need to provide catalysts to enable that potential to flourish.

“Improving connectivity and accessibility is a key element of this regenerative process, and we strongly believe that a new bridge in this location will act as a powerful stimulant to growth, the strengthening of local communities and businesses, and the enhancement of the local environment"  

Stephanos Samaras, Director at Arup said: "London's infrastructure is already under pressure and as the city's population continues to grow it is more important than ever that we provide better accessibility and connectivity to integrate communities. Infrastructure projects such as Crossrail are going a long way to help increase capacity but this proposed bridge could provide a much needed link for east London."

Support is being sought for a new bridge via the LCCI petition HERE

Story dated July 1st 2014


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