Re-Open the Silvertown Footbridge Now

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The Silvertown Footbridge connecting Albert Road and Factory Road has been closed since September 2017. The original works were scheduled to take 6 weeks. 15 months later it is still closed with no clear date when it will reopen. The last public Crossrail communication  stated the bridge would open in Summer 2018! This was an update on a previous update that stated the bridge would open in Easter 2018. The situation is unacceptable.

The closure has caused major problems for local residents, shops and businesses. Local shops are suffering a loss of trade through diminished footfall. Residents walking to Barrier Park have to take an enormous diversion adding 20 minutes each way to a visit to the local park.  Literally hundreds of employees at Tate & Lyle Sugars and other Factory Road businesses and charities have had over half an hour added to their daily commute. For the last two years the usual return route for local residents over the footbridge at the end of the Silvertown Remembrance Day parade has been unavailable.

Crossrail are upgrading the bridge ahead of the new train services passing through the area. They seem to have no urgency to re-open a vital pedestrian artery in North Woolwich and Silvertown. The Victorians constructed the entire original railway in the area in two years. It should not take over a year in 21st Century to upgrade one footbridge.