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Old November 13th, 2011, 07:57 PM   #101
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Where's the DLR extension gone?
I'm not sure, I was also thinking the same. I dont think they will be extending it until the Barking Riverside masterplan gets underway (Or is it underway?).

Also I was reading somewhere the other day which stated that at the moment they are focusing on extending the line into South East London to Catford and Forest Hill.


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Old November 13th, 2011, 09:06 PM   #102
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Question Flooding

Isn't flooding going to be an issue in the area east of the flood barrier, around the Albert Docks over the next few years? I know one developer had to remove the ground floor apartments from a new apt. block near here somewhere. Anyone know if this is being considered and if there are any plans to increase flood protection in this area?
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Old November 15th, 2011, 08:57 PM   #103
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Some more pictures of the Silvertree Tower:









Does any one know when the Silvertree Eco Tower is going to start construction? According to a number of articles, it was meant to start over the summer of 2011, but went past the site the other day, and there was no sign of any construction - instead they where putting in plants where the Silvertree site is located.
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Old November 15th, 2011, 09:32 PM   #104
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Thanks for the pictures meharris75. Keep us updated!
No worries Mr Jones. Below is some of the signage around the perimeter of the construction site:



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Old November 17th, 2011, 11:49 PM   #105
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I really like the Silvertree Eco Tower. Cant wait for it to start construction! Meharris75, you seem to be in the royal docks a lot, is there any sign of the Silvertree tower under-construction yet?
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Old November 18th, 2011, 11:36 AM   #106
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I live in the area also and no sign whatsoever. Theyre replanting and beautifying the area I guess ready for next summer.
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Old November 29th, 2011, 09:46 PM   #107
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Three New Thames Crossings

London will get three new river crossings and an extension of the Northern Line, the Chancellor promised as part of his Autumn Statement.

The Chancellor unveiled a series of ambitious transport projects across the country and London will get a significant spending boost for transport.

These include:
- A new tunnel crossing the river at Silvertown to relieve pressure on the Blackwall Tunnel
- A new Dartford river crossing
- A third new river crossing at Gallions Reach in Beckton
- Major improvements to the M25 to decrease traffic congestion
- Extension of the Northern Line to Battersea
- Extension of the Oyster Card scheme further out of London

The Silvertown Crossing would be situated near the Mayor's cable car project on the Greenwich peninsula. A new Gallions Reach crossing would be a replacement for the cancelled Thames Gateway Bridge project. There is also backing for a new Dartford crossing - a bridge to back up the congested tunnel. Sources said a number of sites are being explored. Senior City Hall sources today told the Standard that the river crossing projects should be under way "within three or four years". It is hoped consultation will begin within 12 months.

Speaking to LBC 97.3, Boris Johnson said the decision to build three new river crossings east of Tower Bridge will breath new life into the whole area. He said: "It's fantastic news that London has got the go-ahead for a series of new river crossings, east of Tower Bridge. It's been too long that London has failed to do this and we'll now have a crossing at Silvertown, a new Blackwall Two Tunnel, another crossing along the way there at the Gallions Reach area.





Would it be likely they would build a bridge at Gallions Reach or would it likely be a tunnel?
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Old November 29th, 2011, 10:20 PM   #108
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Three New Thames Crossings

London will get three new river crossings and an extension of the Northern Line, the Chancellor promised as part of his Autumn Statement.

The Chancellor unveiled a series of ambitious transport projects across the country and London will get a significant spending boost for transport.

These include:
- A new tunnel crossing the river at Silvertown to relieve pressure on the Blackwall Tunnel
- A new Dartford river crossing
- A third new river crossing at Gallions Reach in Beckton
- Major improvements to the M25 to decrease traffic congestion
- Extension of the Northern Line to Battersea
- Extension of the Oyster Card scheme further out of London

The Silvertown Crossing would be situated near the Mayor's cable car project on the Greenwich peninsula. A new Gallions Reach crossing would be a replacement for the cancelled Thames Gateway Bridge project. There is also backing for a new Dartford crossing - a bridge to back up the congested tunnel. Sources said a number of sites are being explored. Senior City Hall sources today told the Standard that the river crossing projects should be under way "within three or four years". It is hoped consultation will begin within 12 months.

Speaking to LBC 97.3, Boris Johnson said the decision to build three new river crossings east of Tower Bridge will breath new life into the whole area. He said: "It's fantastic news that London has got the go-ahead for a series of new river crossings, east of Tower Bridge. It's been too long that London has failed to do this and we'll now have a crossing at Silvertown, a new Blackwall Two Tunnel, another crossing along the way there at the Gallions Reach area.





Would it be likely they would build a bridge at Gallions Reach or would it likely be a tunnel?
Either one should be built with DLR Provision. Expecially with Gallions Reach station nearby.
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Old November 30th, 2011, 01:41 PM   #109
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"It is hoped consultation will begin within 12 months",

is this with the new streamlined planning system and years of expensive past consultations?!

Surely should be "It is hoped construction will begin within 12 months"
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Old December 1st, 2011, 01:27 AM   #110
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Old December 1st, 2011, 09:48 PM   #111
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Boris - new crossings "great news" for east London

Long-awaited new river crossings in east London moved closer after the Government pledged to work with Boris Johnson on exploring options including a tunnel linking North Greenwich and Silvertown.

The Mayor hailed Chancellor George Osborne's pledge yesterday to invest billions in London's infrastructure as "great news".

But despite the promise made in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, the capital's commuters will still have to wait several years before the links are built.

Speaking to The Wharf, Mr Johnson said: "This is great news, especially for east London. I can't give a timetable on when the crossing will be built but we can now move ahead and get it done as soon as possible. It's all part of a package of crossings we are looking at.

"This is an argument we have been making for the last three years. London is the motor of the economy and infrastructure investment is vital to that continuing. We've got to get people working and the best way of doing that is to have these kinds of projects.

"It's an important day for London and I'm pleased the Chancellor has listened to a lot of what we have been saying to him."

Mr Johnson denied the Silvertown crossing, a tunnel which will also be known as Blackwall 2, would have a negative impact on the Emirates Air Line cable car being built between North Greenwich and the Royal Docks.

He said: "Blackwall 2 will be complimentary to the cable car. It will be a much bigger piece of infrastructure and people mover, whereas the cable car will be like a good bus route. But we still need the cable car."



Three possible sites have been identified for further crossings, and the Thames Gateway Bridge at Gallions Reach may be revived, although Mr Johnson said it would be nowhere near the scale of the project he scrapped when he was elected in 2008.

He defended that decision, while there is little detail on the cost of new crossings.

"I don't want to get into facts and figures," said Mr Johnson.

"We don't need something on the scale of the Thames Gateway Bridge, which took up far too much space and would have cost too much. This will be something a lot less grand."

Also on the agenda is a debate about the proposed Thames Estuary Airport, a scheme Mr Johnson has supported for some time. Commuters will also see fares increase by six per cent, rather than seven per cent, after the Government said it would give TfL £132million to cap rises. The new fares won't be known until later this month.

Mr Johnson's Barclays Bike Hire scheme is set to extend to Canary Wharf and east London next year, at a cost of £45million. Despite making substantial losses in its first year Mr Johnson defended the scheme and hinted that further sponsorship could be found to supplement the £25million from Barclays.

He said: "It's great for London and I'm glad we've been able to defray the costs with commercial investment. There are other things we are working on with it, but I'd rather keep my powder dry on that."
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Old December 1st, 2011, 10:25 PM   #112
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Thames Gateway Bridge 'grand' Boris is so full of complete 'c*ap'
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Old December 1st, 2011, 11:54 PM   #113
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Basically what he's saying is a half arsed project without DLR provision so it can be up as quick as possible for his Prime Ministerial 2015 bid.
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 10:59 AM   #114
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oh great so a dumbed down conservative version that doesn't really solve the real problems.
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 09:57 AM   #115
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Basically what he's saying is a half arsed project without DLR provision so it can be up as quick as possible for his Prime Ministerial 2015 bid.
Nowhere does it say there is no DLR provision.
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 03:05 PM   #116
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So you think it is likely to be a bridge rather than a tunnel crossing?
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Old December 15th, 2011, 08:36 PM   #117
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Bidders chosen for Royal Albert Dock redevelopment

http://www.wharf.co.uk/2011/12/bidde...yal-alber.html

Canary Wharf Group is in a shortlist of developers chosen to come up with proposals for a "world class" business zone at the Royal Albert Dock.

The London Development Agency and Newham Council is looking for eight groups to put forward their plans by March next year, which will then see a final shortlist put together.
A preferred developer will be selected by September 2012.

London Development Agency's chief executive Lurene Joseph said: "Like our Silvertown Quays site, the opportunity at the Royal Albert Dock is attracting attention from major developers and investors.

"This high level of market interest is part of the growing international confidence in the future of the Royal Docks as a whole.

"We now look forward to seeing the short-listed developers come up with proposals to turn the site into a world class centre - a place with thriving businesses and high quality jobs."

The Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales added: "The Royals has a rich industrial history and I am absolutely determined to capture that spirit and use it to create something very special here in east London."

Drivers Jonas Deloitte will manage the marketing campaign for the site, which has been designated a 'Major Opportunity Zone' under Newham Council's Unitary Development Plan.

Royal Albert Dock bidders:

- Canary Wharf
- Dauphin Holdings Group Ltd & Stanhope
- Micro World Developments
- MUSE Developments
- St Modwen Properties
- Salmon Harvester Properties
- SinoWest Construction Group (Mace Group)
- Wrenbridge Land



The Royal Albert Dock is home to London City Airport and surrounded by the University of East London and the council offices of Building 1000.

The site is cleared with the exception of two Grade II listed buildings located adjacent to Beckton Park DLR station – the Central Buffet and the former Dock Managers Office and it is expected to support a mix of uses including business (B1), education, leisure and tourism and supporting uses.

A similar scheme for nearby Silvertown Quays is down to a final shortlist of three groups, which are Chelsfield Consortium, DV4 Limited and St George Central London Limited.
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Old December 30th, 2011, 07:17 PM   #118
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I really like the Silvertree Eco Tower. Cant wait for it to start construction! Meharris75, you seem to be in the royal docks a lot, is there any sign of the Silvertree tower under-construction yet?

I live opposite the consruction of the north station for the cable car.
There's no work being done on the Silvertree project.
Lot's of fire engines and police go there at night at least once a forthnight - must be some hoodlums doing stuff in there!


I'll try and update with any pics if I can.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 07:02 PM   #119
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From the telegraph:

London to get new road tunnel under River Thames within decade, promises Boris Johnson

London mayor Boris Johnson will promise today to deliver a new tunnel for road traffic under the Thames in the east of the capital within the next 10 years.

The proposed tunnel, between the Greenwich peninsula and Silvertown in the Royal Docks, will have a capacity of 2,400 vehicles an hour in each direction, and will relieve pressure on existing tunnels at Blackwall and Rotherhithe to the west.

Speaking to London government leaders this evening, Mr Johnson will describe the tunnel as part of a package of transport investment to support the capital's growth.

He will also promise that a new ferry crossing between Beckton and Thamesmead at Gallions Reach will be open for traffic by 2017, creating a further transport link in east London.

"When I look at London, I see a city of incredible potential and tonight I will make the case for a huge new phase of investment in the capital, including a major new river crossing east of Tower Bridge,'' said Mr Johnson.

''We are in the right time zone, speak the right language and have the young, skilled population to continue to attract investment from the world's greatest businesses. This is not a time for London to falter it is a time for London to flourish.''

Transport for London will begin preliminary consultation work on the Silvertown Tunnel in February, said the mayor.

In his speech in the City of London tonight, Mr Johnson will say that TfL is also pushing ahead with preparations for an extension to the Northern Line of the London Underground to Battersea, which has not previously been served by the Tube.

Darren Johnson, a Green Party member of the London Assembly, said: "The London mayor can't claim that air pollution or climate change are a priority whilst proposing to build a traffic-generating road like this Silvertown Tunnel.

"The last mayor lost the public inquiry on the ground that a bridge at Gallions Reach would increase traffic in east London and add to pollution.

"This tunnel is a straightforward attempt to double capacity around the Blackwall Tunnel and will generate extra traffic all over east London.

"I don't understand how Boris Johnson can support this bridge when air pollution in London is already failing both national and European standards."

AA president Edmund King said: "The Thames is a barrier to mobility, employment and enterprise in east London. The Seine in Paris has almost twice as many river crossings as we have over or under the Thames.

"This proposed new tunnel is most welcome and could do much to alleviate congestion and emissions around the Blackwall Tunnel.

"It is not good for the environment having traffic waiting 20 minutes to use the Blackwall Tunnel. We support these proposals although it remains to be seen how the tunnel will be paid for."

Friends of the Earth's London campaigner, Jenny Bates, said: "A new road tunnel and car ferry will bring misery to Londoners by creating more noise, more traffic and more pollution.

"If Boris Johnson wants to keep his pledge to make London the world's greenest capital, his transport policy needs to go in a different direction."

Labour member of the London Assembly John Biggs said: "One of Boris Johnson's first moves when he came to power was to scrap plans for a new bridge in east London and throw away its funding to the tune of hundreds of millions.

"We've now been waiting almost four years. If he hadn't been so short-sighted back in 2008, we could have been opening a river crossing now. Instead, all we have is a tunnel that is years away and doesn't appear to have any funding behind it."

Mr Biggs noted that Chancellor George Osborne did not make any commitment to fund the Silvertown crossing in his Autumn Statement.

In the November 29 statement, Mr Osborne said: "The Government will work with the Mayor of London and Transport for London to explore options for proposed additional river crossings, for example at Silvertown, and we will support the extension of the Northern Line to Battersea in partnership with the private sector."
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Major river tunnel from Royal Docks to be revealed

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A major new road tunnel connecting the Royal Docks in Newham to the Greenwich Peninsula will be completed within a decade, Boris Johnson will announce tonight.

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It is part of a package of new river crossings for the east of the capital, to ease chronic congestion and support growth in what the Greater London Authority describes as an “important and developing part of London”.

In a speech to industry chiefs and local government leaders this evening, Mr Johnson will argue that for London to remain a leading world city major investment in transport must press ahead.

The Mayor said: “When I look at London I see a city of incredible potential and tonight I will make the case for a huge new phase of investment, including a major new river crossing east of Tower Bridge.

“We are in the right time zone, speak the right language and have the young, skilled population to continue to attract investment from the world’s greatest businesses.”

It is expected that every hour around 2,400 vehicles will be able to travel through the new tunnel in each direction.

Transport for London will begin consulting on the works next month.

The underground crossing will follow a similar line to the cable car from North Greenwich to the Royal Docks currently under construction.

Around 2,500 pedestrians and cyclists are predicted to pass over the crossing every hour.

In addition to these projects, the mayor is proposing a new ferry run between Beckton and Thamesmead, to be completed by 2017, alongside an extension of the Northern line to Battersea.
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