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Save £100m On Not Needed Bridge

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

GMB Call On Transport For London To Abandon Plans To Spend Up To £100 Million On Unnecessary New Thames Crossing Near Vauxhall Bridge

Unlike further east in London there is no demand from local people for a new Thames river crossing on the very good grounds that there is absolutely no need for it says GMB.

GMB Southern Region is calling on Transport for London and other public authorities to abandon plans to spend up to £100m for a new Thames crossing between Nine Elms and Pimlico some 350 yards from the existing Vauxhall Bridge.

GMB is also calling for no further taxpayer’s monies to be spent on the project. GMB consider that a new Thames River crossing at this location is not needed and if funds are available they should be spent on new crossings further east of the Blackwall Tunnel.

Paul Maloney, GMB Regional Secretary, said “What we have here are property developers attempting to dictate that up to £100m of very scarce public money be spent on a new crossing a few minutes away from the existing Vauxhall Bridge.

Vauxhall Bridge already has two pedestrian footpaths and a two way two lane full width cycleway.  Unlike further east in London there is no demand from local people for a new Thames river crossing on the very good grounds that there is absolutely no need for it.

It is a scandal that Wandsworth Council has already spent over £100,000 on this project at a time when they are cutting services and jobs and terms and conditions of employment.

Over the last three years in Wandsworth GMB has campaigned against sale of school playing fields, abandoning the meals on wheels service, closure of libraries, adventure playgrounds, OneO'clock clubs, cuts to youth provision, school crossing patrols, and against the pay to play schemes like to one in Battersea Park.

GMB call on mayoral candidates to oppose any further public spending on this vanity project being promoted by Wandsworth Tory Council and to pledge that monies saved will be put to better use.”    

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Contact: Paul Maloney 07801 343 839 or Michelle Gordon 07866 369 259 or Paul Grafton 07714 239 092 or Gary Doolan 07590 262 504 or  GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823

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