I am a local resident in North woolwich and my life is marred horrendously by this issue of river crossing. The original idea was to build a bridge between gallions reach and thamesmead - a solution which i wholeheartedly support as i use the a1020 on a daily basis and find it a perfectly amicable road, mainly due to it's dual carriageway and lack of speeding traffic. This solution was scrapped in 2010 even though infrastructure was built 20 years previously in support of this idea as it was meant to link into the thames gateway growth project of housing and buisness in the area and incorporate a dlr link to dagenham dock which would increase job prospects and commuter access within the local area. When this government funded project fell to the dust as no one was willing to invest in any area east of the excel centre which has seen fads such as the emirates airline spring up.
I disagree with the two new proposals and have protested in print, online and at local meetings. The silvertown tunnel as previously mentioned would not be accessible to cycle traffic and the gallions ferry would be temporary as admitted by the secondary tfl consultation documentation and just be an excuse to build infrastructure in preparation for a bridge but have an excuse to stymie investment over a longer period of time and fob of local residents. Also due to 'apparent' work on the foot tunnel as we have no lifts unlike the greenwich tunnel and crossrail work access to north to south river crossing are dangerous at best.
I implore any cyclist reading this to reply to the current consultation and petition for a bridge at gallions to thamesmead that is useful for everyone and have a system as mentioned above that would give cyclists more useful access to current foot tunnels to help traffic flow more freely as currently greenwich tunnel is overtaken by riders but not served appropriately.
This issue frustrates me hugely as i head north to south and back again on a regular basis and slumping it through the dim foot tunnel adds extra time to my journey. Plus I have many amusing ferry fail stories.