The Greater London Council and TfL are currently considering a new bridge linking Rainham to Belvedere. The suggested crossing would operate on a toll system similar to that of the Dartford Crossing.

As in all key planning decisions affecting the local community, such as the proposed prison south of the old A13 or the future of the civic centre in Dagenham, I believe it is vital that you are consulted, so that your views are heard loud and clear about this proposal.

As your Member of Parliament I am writing to ask for your views.

I will be honest. I have some worries about this proposal. London Riverside (BID) Ltd have confirmed that ‘without doubt this proposal will have a major impact on property (land & rental values) and traffic congestion'. I am worried about rat-running risks and air quality impact.

On the other hand the project could bring big benefits – for example, opportunities for improved public transport, such as buses across the Thames and links into interchanges, and importantly new jobs and businesses.

Over the next month I will consult all residents in the vicinity of the proposed crossing.

Please let me know what you think by filling out the survey here.

If you have any queries please don't hesitate to call my office on: 020 8984 7854 or email at: