New river crossings for London

They include:
  • A new pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf
  • A DLR crossing at Gallions Reach
  • Silvertown Tunnel

The Mayor has also asked us to continue to assess the potential for an extension of London Overground from Barking Riverside to southeast London.

Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf

This proposed new pedestrian and cycle bridge would make it easier for people south of the river to link to the East-West Cycle Superhighway as well as providing people north of the river with better access to the Thames Path and planned cycle routes throughout Southwark.

The bridge would need to open for shipping. We have carried out analysis on which type of bridge would be most suitable. Subject to funding and consent, construction of the bridge could begin by 2020.

Gallions Reach to Thamesmead

A new cross-river DLR link at Gallions Reach would help to encourage development and new housing on both sides of the river, with around 17,000 new homes being built.

It would provide a direct link to the soon-to-be-opened Elizabeth line at Custom House as well as an interchange with other TfL services, opening up significant opportunities for residents and businesses in Newham, Greenwich and Bexley.

Silvertown Tunnel

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 be subject to public and stakeholder consultation as well as relevant statutory processes.

For more information on these schemes, email us at

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