This motion was unanimously agreed by Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative councillors in Southwark on Tuesday night:

Transport in Rotherhithe

  1. Council assembly recognises that there are significant traffic problems on the Rotherhithe peninsula, with the high demand for river crossings making the Rotherhithe area particularly susceptible to congestion from tunnel related traffic, which is detrimental to the local environment, particularly air quality, and can make local trips difficult.
  2. Council assembly further recognises that the significant growth planned in the Canada Water area, including an increase in new homes and job opportunities, will require a significant investment in transport infrastructure.
  3. Council assembly therefore calls on Transport for London and the Mayor of London to:
    • Upgrade the existing public transport network, including increasing capacity on the overground, tube and buses
    • Take action to tackle congestion on Jamaica Road
    • Enhance pedestrian and cycle links and bring forward plans for a pedestrian and cycling bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf to alleviate congestion
    • Extend the cycle hire scheme to Rotherhithe
    • Explore means of integrating river transport into the network to make sure that residents in Rotherhithe get the full benefit from the river as a mode of transport
    • Address in a full and proper manner the concerns and recommendations raised by the council in relation to the proposals for the new Silvertown Tunnel, which will impact negatively on the quality of life of a vast number of people who live and work in the borough.

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