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Vision Unveiled For New 'Bridge East London'

Monday 30th June 2014

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry has unveiled its vision for a controversial new bridge in east London.

The vision for the bridge

The road crossing is being called 'Bridge East London' and would link Beckton and Thamesmead at Gallions Reach.

The LCCI claims the proposed bridge would also provide a segregated cycle path and open up new bus routes crossing the river.

The idea has been created by internationally renowned architects HOK, who recently completed the design of The Francis Crick Institute, alongside world class engineering and design consultants at Arup, the firm that brought to life global landmarks including the Sydney Opera House, Singapore's Helix Bridge and High Speed One.

The vision for the bridge

Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive of LCCI is calling on politicians to back the proposal.

"Nearly half of London's population lives east of Tower Bridge yet they are served by only two fixed road river crossings," he said. "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 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."

However Darren Johnson, Green Party Member of the London Assembly, is against the proposals.

"This new road bridge will bring more traffic, congestion and pollution to the streets of east London," he commented.

"Local people have been rejecting plans for this bridge for over thirty years and the latest set of pretty artist drawings won't disguise the fact that this new road will bring pollution and traffic jams to their area.

"East London has been growing fast and has benefited from several new public transport links in the last few years. Evidence to the last public inquiry on this new road showed that it wouldn't help the local economy, but that it would create pollution and congestion."