New river crossings for London

They include:
  • A new pedestrian and cycle crossing linking Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf
  • An extension of public transport to Thamesmead
  • Silvertown Tunnel

Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf

We're working with local boroughs and others on plans for a new pedestrian and cycle crossing between two banks of the River Thames in east London.

Find out about our Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf proposals.

Public transport to Thamesmead

The Thamesmead area is not well-served by public transport right now. Plans for thousands of new homes on large developments sites in the area depend on having more and better transport links.

We are currently identifying and assessing different public transport options to serve Thamesmead and looking at how long any projects might take. We're working with the GLA and local boroughs on a draft Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF) for Thamesmead and Abbey Wood.

More information will be set out in a consultation on the OAPF - the plan is to hold this later in 2019.

Silvertown Tunnel

We have appointed a consortium to design and build a new road tunnel under the Thames linking the Greenwich Peninsula and Silvertown.

Find out more about the Silvertown Tunnel scheme.

Next steps

These crossings are at various stages of development - the Silvertown Tunnel scheme has progressed the most. We will continue to pursue this scheme as well as investigate options for new river crossings, looking at the best way to provide these connections and how they can be funded.

All proposals will go through a public consultation as well as relevant statutory procedures.

For more information on these proposals, email us at