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Bonkers Blog March 2015

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3 March (Part 2) - Bexley really has been Bonkers

Everyone who completed TfL’s on line consultation process regarding river crossings will have received their email today and a link to their overview of the results. It will come as no surprise to most that more than 90% of respondents were in favour of crossings east of Woolwich

There may be a bridge at both Gallions Reach and Belvedere, or they may get tunnels as tunnels occupy less land with the potential for even more development.

IdiotsThe foolishness of Bexley council is well and truly exposed, no vibrant city, or borough, can remain isolationist for ever. Teresa O’Neill has almost single handedly wasted eight long years and delayed the new opportunities that are beginning to come to the north of her domain.

The proposal for a tunnel to Silvertown, a sort of Blackwall relief road, was barely mentioned in the latest TfL documents and, maybe my read through was too quick, but I detected little enthusiasm for it.

The ‘No to Silvertown Tunnel’ group has done a good job of bringing the pollution problem to notice, not that I always agree with all of their supporters.

Last Thursday (26th February) I received a call from my nonagenarian aunt in East Ham which caused me to drop everything and jump in the car. A good run in the early afternoon can be 35 minutes. It took 138 minutes because the Blackwall Tunnel approach was reduced to a single lane. There was still a queue to get into the tunnel when I returned after midnight.

TweetLBC radio was saying the queue was two and a half hours long, I was lucky that the approach via Bugsby Way was a bit shorter, but I must be mad according to one Twitter user.

Whilst thinking that the Greenwich Peninsular is already doing its bit for South East London’s transport infrastructure I find it hard to believe that my two hour queue for the tunnel would not have been eased had three lanes been available instead of just one.

My aunt thankfully survived the delay although I doubt she will survive to see the bridge in 2025. Thanks Teresa, you really are a prize prat. The bridge you persuaded your friend Boris to cancel would have opened a year ago.


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