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Response to Transport for London’s consultation on river crossings in east London

Commenting on Transport for London’s consultation on a proposed package of river crossings in east London

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:

“In the long run, we will probably need crossings at both Silvertown and Beckton to support economic growth in east London, but for now what’s required in boldness and creative thinking around funding, including the option to toll. The Mayor should consider all options for financing these schemes – particularly as the private sector has shown a strong appetite and capability to finance, deliver and maintain new road infrastructure.”

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London First delivers its activities with the support of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes further education colleges and all of London’s universities. London First members represent over a quarter of London’s GDP.

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