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Sadiq Khan has backed plans for three new river crossings in east London

Isabelle Aron

On a recent visit to the US, Sadiq Khan announced that we should be 'building bridges rather than walls', in a not-so-subtle dig at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Now that he's back on British soil, he's taking his own advice (in a very literal sense), as he's just given the green light for three shiny new river crossings in east London.

The plans include a new pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf, an extension of the DLR from Gallions Reach towards Thamesmead, and the controversial Silvertown Tunnel, which would connect the Greenwich Peninsula and West Silvertown. He's amended Boris Johnson's previous plans for the Silvertown Tunnel and is now looking at making it a low-emission bus zone, as well as introducing a bizarre-sounding cycle bus, which would carry cyclists and their bikes through the tunnel. If the plans get the green light, the Silvertown tunnel would open in 2023 and the cycle bridge could be open by 2020.

Photo: Wendy Dobing

In other bridge news, you won't be able to drive over Tower Bridge for the next three months

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