Resistance to Boris Johnson’s plans for a third Blackwall Tunnel has begun. This news from Friends of the Earth’s London campaigner Jenny Bates.
2 public meetings have been organised for local people to get more information about 2 new river crossings for vehicles in East London proposed by Boris Johnson, which could also mean the Woolwich Ferry closing, before this ‘initial’ consultation ends on 5th March. The meetings will hear from a top transport consultant and will question the claims made by Transport for London for the schemes.
The meetingon the south side of the river will be on Tuesday 28 February, 6.30-8-30, at the Forum@Greenwich, Trafalgar Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9EQ . There will be another meeting on the north side of the river will be on Wednesday 29 February 6.30-8.30 at the Britannia Village Hall, 65 Evelyn Road, London E16 1TU.
People currently living near the Blackwall tunnels may think Transport for London’s plan for a further road tunnel there ‘would relieve congestion’ as claimed, when in reality a new Silvertown link at Blackwall and a new Gallions Reach vehicle ferry would be expected to just bring more traffic and problems to the area, with relief at Blackwall likely to be just short-term.
Other questions considered will include the impact of loosing the Woolwich Ferry, whether a new ferry at Gallions Reach would inevitably lead to a road bridge there – or if there are better ways to help the area.
The proposals are for a new Silvertown Link road tunnel which is a 3rd road crossing at Blackwall, and a vehicle ferry, which could be replaced by a fixed link later, at Gallions Reach – this is the location of the Thames Gateway road bridge which the Mayor scrapped in 2008 after the scheme was rejected by the Inspector at a Planning Inquiry. This followed a campaign by objectors which included thousands of local people and representatives from all 3 major parties objecting. The new ferry could also mean the loss of the Woolwich Ferry.
The Conservatives’ campaign of disinformation has begun, with Conservative assembly member James Cleverley who represents – surprise, surprise, Bexley and Bromley – telling yesterday’s Mayor’s Question Time (see 12.30 entry) that Ken Livingstone’s plans for a bridge at Gallions Reach would have threatened ancient woodland. Not so – that was the East London River Crossing pushed by the 1980s Conservative government, which threatened to churn up Oxleas Woods, while Ken’s (admittedly flawed) Thames Gateway Bridge stopped miles short at Thamesmead. (See Tom’s comment below, which indicates James Cleverly was talking about Bostall Woods in Abbey Wood, which the TGB also stopped well short of.)
Cleverley’s comment proves this is a plan to screw Greenwich to win votes in Bexley. But will any politician step up to plate to support the people of Greenwich?