BEXLEY Council has stepped up its opposition to a Thamesmead road bridge in the debate over a new river crossing.

The Conservative-lead council favours a ferry rather than a bridge at Gallions Reach as well as a new tunnel under the Thames at Silvertown as previously proposed by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Cabinet member responsible for strategic transport issues Councillor Gareth Bacon, said: "We believe that a ferry would encourage regeneration and, with the right steps to manage traffic, will not create problems on local roads.

"A bridge would bring in 10 times the amount of traffic, some of which is likely to end up on residential roads in Bexley."

Bexley’s Labour group favour a road bridge, saying in a statement: "With the right mitigation, weight restrictions and axle limitation, a river crossing will have little effect on local roads but will bring in much needed investment, transport infrastructure and jobs."

Residents are urged to have their say on Transport for London’s proposals before the consultation closes on February 1 by visiting