So you’ve heard about the campaign to get a new bridge in east London, yeah? Well after Boris nearly cancelled the whole shebang earlier in the year, today we found out that if it does go ahead, it’s going cost a whopping £600m.
It’s true that east London is lacking in the bridge department (there are only two crossings to the east of Tower Bridge in comparison to the 22 to the west!), so this new link between Beckton and Thamesmead will be a great way to make the area more accessible. London just keeps on growing, so the extra 1.5 million people predicted to be living in the city in 20 years’ time are sure to thank us for the extra bus and cycle routes.
Yes, it does sound horribly expensive (we’re all dreaming of the amazing things we could do with that kind of dosh), but as well as being necessary to the development of east London, the bridge campaign has estimated that the project will add £55.7 million to the economy each year.
Wondering why it hasn’t been built already? A lot of local residents have been opposed to the plans claiming that it will bring more traffic jams and pollution to the area. Fair play. Let us know what you think @TimeOutLondon.
For more bridge news take a look at new exhibition ‘Bridge’ at Museum of London Docklands.