London mayor Sadiq Khan has approved the construction of three new Thames river crossings.
The mayor’s plans include the £1bn road tunnel at Silvertown, a Docklands Light Railway crossing at Gallions Reach, and a pedestrian and cycle bridge connecting Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf.
The Silvertown Tunnel, expected to open in 2023, is expected to reduce traffic queues and support freight and delivery businesses. Improved plans for the tunnel include a greener focus and more emphasis on encouraging people to use public transport.
Khan said: “It’s no secret that London has long needed more river crossings in the east. With new homes and economic growth across East London, it becomes even more important that we deliver new greener transport links that allow Londoners to cross the river quickly and more easily.
"But we don’t want these to have a damaging impact on our environment, and that’s why I’ve reviewed and improved plans for Silvertown Tunnel and why I’m pushing forward with crossings that encourage public transport, walking and cycling.”
The new river crossings are expected to be built within the next five to ten years.
The mayor is also considering two more crossings — the London Overground from Barking Riverside to Abbey Wood, and a new ferry between North Greenwich and the Isle of Dogs.