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London is expected to grow by 1.5m people over the next 20 years, and the majority of that growth will take place in the east of the capital. If that growth is going to be sustainable, east London needs the transport infrastructure to match.

Almost half of London's population currently lives east of Tower Bridge, yet it is served by just two fixed road river crossings - there are 22 River Thames road crossings to the west.

It is no coincidence that the 15 miles of riverbank between the Blackwall Tunnel - the most easterly crossing in London - and the Dartford Crossing - the first crossing outside of London to the east - are home to some of the London's underdeveloped and economically deprived communities.

East and south east London need more road river crossings to support economic regeneration and guarantee a lasting Olympic legacy.

The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) plan to replace the Woolwich Ferry at the end of its working life later this decade with a new ferry further down the River Thames.

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) believes that another ferry will not provide the capacity or reliability needed to deliver the homes, jobs and business opportunities for our growing city needs. A new bridge is required instead.

If you agree, please sign our petition to the Mayor of London.

For more information about our campaign please contact the Policy and Public Affairs team at bridgeeastlondon@londonchamber.co.uk

Testimonials

"I have met almost no one who is against a bridge being built. People realise it will be transformational for east London. We have three times proposed a bridge in east London and three times cancelled it. This is a no-brainer in political terms; we should just get on and do it." - Lord Andrew Adonis, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure

"For London City Airport this new bridge is crucial to allow us to develop the airport for the benefit of not just east London but of London as a whole." - Declan Collier, Chief Executive Officer, London City Airport