Labour Group Leader Len Duvall's letter to the editor of the Evening Standard this evening on how a new East River Crossing won't affect the local Oxleas Wood.
New bridge won't affect Oxleas Wood
After plans were resurrected this week to build a river crossing between Beckton and Thamesmead, I was dismayed to read scaremongering comments in this paper from a local opponent over the potential impact on Oxleas Wood (Letters, 2 July).
I supported the proposal for the same crossing back in 2008, which was unfortunately cancelled by Boris Johnson. Unlike earlier plans for an East River Crossing, which I scrapped as Greenwich council leader in 1993, this scheme did not threaten the wood, and would not, as Mr Drury claims, have resulted in the need for new connecting motorways. Even if some roads in the area needed suggests anything has changed in this regard.
A new river crossing is vital to the development of our local economy and would boost public transport connections. But be under no illusion - bridge advocates are fully aware that it must be designed in a way that minimises environmental impact for local residents.