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New report recommends cable car alternative to Thames Gateway road bridge

20 May 2008
A new report recommending a range of alternatives to proposals to build a new six-lane road bridge across the Thames in East London [1] has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth and the Campaign for Better Transport.

The new report into alternatives to the Thames Gateway Bridge was commissioned by the Green Party Assembly Members and funded by TfL. The report should help the new Mayor, Boris Johnson, whose election manifesto confirmed his opposition to the planned bridge 'in its present form'.

Friends of the Earth London Campaign Co-ordinator said:

"Building a six-lane road bridge across the Thames will bring more traffic, noise and pollution – and do little to regenerate the area. This report shows that there are better and cleaner solutions to the area's transport problems. Transport for London must abandon its plans for a new road bridge – and develop the Thames Gateway in a way that will help tackle climate change and improve the quality of life for local people."

Campaign for Better Transport London Campaigner said:

"The proposal for a cable car will surprise some people but fresh thinking is needed and this is an imaginative option. Above all, as the report says, TfL needs to come up with an appraisal of options that produces a genuinely sustainable decision not the same old approach of more roads, more traffic and more pollution."


Notes to editors

[1] For background information on the bridge see: http://www.foe.co.uk/england/london/campaigns/thames_gateway_bridge.html