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Thamesmead river crossing 'would cost £150m'
THE estimated cost for the proposed ferry crossing at Thamesmead has now hit £150m, according to a new report.
Last year Transport for London’s business plan predicted costs of £132m up to 2019/20 for a Thames Gateway Bridge between Thamesmead and Beckton.
But a document released last week by TfL shows the predicted costs for the have risen by £18m.
London Assembly member Darren Johnson says that this figure does not include the cost of new roads which would need to be built to connect the crossing to the existing road network.
He said: "The last phase of TfL’s river crossings consultation revealed that a majority of Greenwich and Bexley residents support a replacement ferry at Woolwich.
"The service is valued by locals and the supporting infrastructure is already in place.
"It would be crazy for the Mayor and TfL to push for a Gallions Reach crossing which would require more hugely expensive new roads to be built and would generate more pollution and more traffic in one of the dirtiest parts of London.
"As the next phase of consultation gets underway in the coming months, I would urge all Londoners to voice their support for keeping the Woolwich ferry - whether they use the service on foot, by bike or in a vehicle – and tell the Mayor that costly new road crossings are not needed."
Figures released in May from a TfL consultation showed 71 per cent of 6,409 respondents backed the controversial Thamesmead crossing, which was axed by Mayor of London Boris Johnson when he came to power.
The results sparked speculation that a u-turn could see a tunnel or bridge from Thamesmead to Beckton built after 2021.
TfL is to hold another phase of consultation this autumn on plans to replace the Woolwich ferry with a final decision due to be made next summer.
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