Stephen Timms, along with other east London MPs, has written today to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, urging him to draw up plans for further river crossings in east London.
The letter was signed by Poplar & Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick, Bethnal Green & Bow MP Rushanara Ali and Margaret Hodge, the MP for Barking as well as Nick Raynsford and Teresa Pearce; MPs for Greenwich & Woolwich and Erith & Thamesmead respectively.
The letter calls on Boris Johnson to act to maximise the benefits of the regeneration taking place in east London and to ease congestion resulting from the existing unsuitable and unsustainable crossings.
The MPs write in the letter: "Congratulations on securing £30 million of public money from HM Treasury to fund a new 'garden crossing' between Temple and the South Bank..I'm sure you are aware that once it is completed, it will be the 24th road or pedestrian bridge in London to the west of Tower Bridge, compared to just four to the east."
Commenting on the issue, Stephen said: "London is moving east. We now have the Olympic Park, London City Airport, the ExCel arena and massive investment in the Royal Docks area - we need new river crossings to cope with an increasing demand. Boris must act now to show he is committed to seeing this exciting part of London regenerated."