London mayor Boris Johnson has announced plans for 13 new tunnels and bridges across the Thames.
The new crossings are part of Johnson’s vision for the future of the capital set out in the Connecting the Capital report published yesterday.
According to the report, the proposed crossings between Fulham in the west to Dartford in the east will support the needs of London’s rapidly growing population, which is set to rise from 8.6M now to 10M by 2030.
“Building a series of new bridges and tunnels across the Thames is essential for the future prosperity of our rapidly-growing city,” said Johnson. “By creating more links between the north and south of the river, we won’t just improve day-to-day travelling across the capital, we’ll unlock areas for development and create thousands of jobs and homes. This is a vital package of crossings that will drive economic growth and get more people walking, cycling and on to public transport.”
Subject to funding, the new crossings will be progressed across London to be delivered between now and 2050 and consultations for two of the crossings were launched at the same time as the report. The first two proposed links are for crossings at Gallions Reach to link Thamesmead and Beckton, and Belvedere to Rainham.