The number of ways to cross the Thames is set to increase by a third by 2050, a new report suggested today, with the number of pedestrian and cyclist crossings to increase by 50 per cent.
From the Diamond Jubilee bridge linking Fulham and Battersea to the Lower Thames Crossing, which will link Essex and Kent, Londoners will have 13 new ways to cross the Thames by the year 2050.
The report said London's population is set to grow from 8.6 million now to 10 million by 2030. The majority of new river crossings will be in east London, where population growth will be the highest. At the moment, there are just three road crossings in the 23km between Tower Bridge and the M25, with one bus route crossing the river.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Building a series of new bridges and tunnels across the Thames is essential for the future prosperity of our rapidly-growing city.
"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.
"From Fulham in the west to Dartford in the east, this is a vital package of crossings that will drive economic growth and get more people walking, cycling and on to public transport.”
London's next river crossings
|Crossing||What is it?||Stage|
|Diamond Jubilee||A pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Fulham with Battersea||Planning permission has been granted|
|Crossrail 2||New railway line connecting Hertfordshire and Surrey via central London and providing a new cross river link between Victoria and Clapham Junction||TfL is currently consulting|
|Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea||Pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea to Pimlico||Feasibility|
|Garden Bridge||New pedestrian crossing linking the South Bank to Temple station||Planning permission granted|
|Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf||Pedestrian and cycle bridge||Feasibility|
|North Greenwich to the Isle of Dogs||Passenger ferry linking North Greenwich and the Isle of Dogs (Blackwall)||Conceptual|
|A twin bore tunnel connecting Silvertown on the north side to the Blackwall Tunnel Approach on the south side||Application for powers to construct under preparation|
|Charlton||Potential passenger ferry crossing linking the Royal Docks and Charlton Riverside||Conceptual|
|Crossrail||A new rail line linking Woolwich with Custom House and onward to Canary Wharf, central London and Heathrow Airport||Under construction|
|Gallions Reach||A multi-modal crossing linking Thamesmead with Beckton along a safeguarded alignment||Consultation started today|
|Barking Riverside to Thamesmead||London Overground tunnel extension from Barking Riverside to Thamesmead||Conceptual|
|Belvedere||Multi-modal crossing connecting Belvedere with Rainham||Consultation started today|
|Lower Thames Crossing||New road crossing linking Essex and Kent||Being progressed by Highways England for the Government|