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Jean Lambert London's Green MEP

Green MEP welcomes Thames Gateway Bridge refusal recommendation

London’s Green MEP today welcomed the Inspector’s report, which has recommended a refusal of planning permission for the Thames Gateway Bridge. (1)

Jean was herself one of the formal objectors, and, along with the London Assembly Greens, has been an outspoken critic of the proposed road bridge.

Responding to the decision, Jean said: “This is an excellent result. The Greens have consistently opposed the Thames Gateway Bridge, and this opposition is reflected in the Inspector’s conclusion.”

Jean continued: “In my own objection, I said ‘the increased traffic will worsen air quality and lead to further and more serious breaches of EU air quality standards’. I pointed out that the bridge would undermine the task of meeting EU air quality standards. I also raised concerns about traffic levels around Abbey Wood, noise and air quality impacts on local schools, and the impact on the woods and biodiversity around Knee Hill resulting from traffic and road widening.”

“The Inspector has taken many of these – and other – arguments on board in reaching his conclusion. The objectors were able to make the arguments against the proposal more fully than is frequently the case, and the Inspector has clearly seen that these outweigh the argument for the Bridge.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1. The proposed Thames Gateway Bridge would be a road bridge crossing the Thames at Thamesmead (Greenwich) and Beckton (Newham). Neighbouring London Boroughs would also be affected.

2. Jean Lambert MEP was one of a very large number of objectors and opponents.

3. The Inspector’s Report with recommendation follows the Public Inquiry, held in 2006.