David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has written to Transport for London today regarding the proposals for new river crossings.
Responding to the consultation on behalf of constituents, he welcomed the Silvertown Tunnel plan as it would alleviate problems with traffic at the Blackwall Tunnel.
However, he expressed concerns about the costs for residents if tolls were introduced at the proposed Silvertown Tunnel or the Blackwall Tunnel and the consequences for traffic and the environment in Bexley if a ferry crossing were constructed between Thamesmead and Beckton.
The text of his letter is provided below:
I am writing in response to your consultation on the proposed Thames River Crossings.
The proposal for a new Tunnel at Silvertown is one that I strongly support. This is much needed to ease the congestion at the Blackwall Tunnel and the extra crossing will help to alleviate this problem.
However, I do not believe that the proposed Silvertown Tunnel or the Blackwall Tunnel should be tolled. This would result in additional costs for my constituents.
I do have reservations about the proposals for a ferry crossing between Thamesmead and Beckton at the site of the previously proposed Thames Gateway Bridge. The Thames Gateway Bridge was rejected by the current Mayor of London because of local concerns about traffic and the environment across Bexley Borough.
Inevitably, a ferry at this site would lead to increases in traffic through Bexleyheath, Welling, Crayford and Erith. The suburban roads, which are already heavily used, will become more congested. This will have detrimental environmental consequences for our area.
To respond to the consultation, visit www.tfl.gov.uk/rivercrossings.