Thames Gateway River Crossings
Rail crossing at Woolwich
It was agreed that the new rail crossing would be an extension of
the existing DLR.
Construction of the first stage extension to London City Airport
is underway and is expected to be complete by December 2005. The
plans for the second stage, to extend the line to Woolwich, have
been approved by the Government and construction will start during
Summer 2005 and be complete by early 2009.
For more information please go to http://developments.dlr.co.uk/extensions/index.shtml
Thames Gateway Bridge
The proposed Thames Gateway Bridge (TGB) would be a local road bridge
connecting Beckton to Thamesmead in East London, with two segregated
and dedicated public transport lanes and separate lanes for pedestrians
The bridge would improve accessibility to and within the Thames
Gateway and support the regeneration of East London. Significantly
reduced journey times and access to employment opportunities would
On 19 January 2005 the Secretary of State announced that conjoined
Public Inquiries would be held into the planning application and
orders for the TGB scheme. A Pre-Inquiry meeting was held on 4 April
2005 followed by a further procedural meeting on 28 April.
The Public Inquiries will open on 7 June 2005. Once this first
session has concluded there will be an adjournment until 13 September
2005. Full details of the Inquiry are available at http://www.persona.uk.com/thamesgateway/index.htm
For further information about the project please visit www.tfl.gov.uk/thamesgatewaybridge
The Silvertown Link would join the Greenwich Peninsula and the Silvertown/Royal Docks areas. It will help to ease traffic congestion around the Blackwall Tunnel. The Mayor has expressed a preference for the Link to take the form of a tunnel but this will only be finally decided after a process of assessment and consultation.
Whilst the Silvertown Link is not in TfL's 5-year business and investment plan 2005 - 2010, TfL is working according to an indicative timescale of reviewing the link by April 2006 with a view to establishing a more detailed programme, and seeking funding for further planning and appraisal of the scheme. The Transport Strategy states that the Silvertown Link will follow the implementation of the Thames Gateway Bridge. In order to maximise efficiency, TfL want to use expertise from the Thames Gateway Bridge team on the Silvertown link progressively as planning and preparation are completed for the Bridge