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Last day of London river crossings consultation

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1 February 2013: Send Transport for London your objections to filling East London with unnecessary new traffic.

Silvertown tunnel protest Jan 2013It's the last day of the consultation on proposals by TfL to build a new tunnel and new ferry or bridge in East London. 

With our Traffic and Planning Campaigner, Richard Bourn, who worked on the successful campaign against the Thames Gateway Bridge in 2007, we've submitted two responses - a 14-point reponse  from Campaign for Better Transport and a joint letter of objection co-signed by Living Streets, London Cycling Campaign, London Sustrans and CTC London.

With our fellow sustainable transport groups we argue that while the stated aims of the plans are to reduce congestion and help economic growth in East London, they would do neither, and that providing new tunnels exclusively for motor traffic would do nothing to help people who would prefer to walk and cycle. 

Particularly concerning is the way the new traffic generated by the proposals would impact on several areas already suffering air pollution levels in breach of legal limits - an issue that was a hot topic at recent public meetings organised by Friends of the Earth.

If these issues concern you too, make sure to send in your response by the end of today.

Read our joint letter with Living Streets, London Cycling Campaign, London Sustrans and CTC London (pdf)

Download Campaign for Better Transport's response to the consultation (pdf)

Send in your comments to TfL here: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/rivercrossings/consultation/consult_view