East and south-east London need better transport links for neighbourhoods to flourish. 10,000 new homes are planned for Barking Riverside, and 7,000 in Thamesmead. Yet all politicians are offering are new road connections across the Thames - condemning these growing areas to being dependent on cars to get around.
Transport for London's rightly proposing a new rail link between Barking and Barking Riverside. But this doesn't go far enough. We believe the London Overground service should be extended further, with stations at Thamesmead and Abbey Wood, to connect with Crossrail services.
A cross river rail link would transform Thamesmead, boost Barking, and reduce the need to drive on London's congested streets. It'd be more valuable than any of the road crossings currently proposed.
It would give Thamesmead the rail service it was first promised 40 years ago. A new rail link across the Thames would open up jobs and new opportunities on both sides of the river. New connections would be opened up to Bluewater, Lakeside, Southend Airport and the Olympic Park. And residents could do all this without having to take a car or enduring long bus rides.
So please sign this petition - and let's see London's politicians back a river crossing that'd help us all in the years to come. And please fill in TfL's survey, too, at www.tfl.gov.uk/gospeloak-barking.