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.

Thamesmead and Beckton Riverside public transport

We are doing feasibility work on an extension of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Beckton Riverside and Thamesmead. This comes after the new Thamesmead and Abbey Wood Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF) was confirmed.

Along with our partners we will use this work to further develop the proposed DLR extension from Gallions Reach in Newham to Beckton Riverside, and then across the river to Thamesmead. New public transport options would support the creation of more than 25,000 new homes along the route as well as improve connections across the river.

The scheme was included in our submission to the Government Comprehensive Spending Review. We showed it could support new housing and jobs where they are needed most to regenerate both London and the wider UK economy.

Route options

The route and the potential locations of stations will be considered. Work on other transport options within the OAPF will also be done, including on a rapid bus corridor and new walking and cycling links.

We will look at both the potential environmental impact and transport benefits of these schemes, and will ensure that the best options to support growth in the area move forward when appropriate funding has been identified and secured.

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

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