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London's Bold New Plans to Cross The River Thames

Three new eastern crossings are promised—for trains, bikes, and cars. Guess which one is controversial.
A map of London's planned river crossings.Links one, three and four have just been approved by the mayor, while links two and five are still under consideration
A map of London's planned river crossings.Links one, three and four have just been approved by the mayor, while links two and five are still under considerationMayor of London

East London has been clamoring for years for a new crossing over the River Thames. This week, Mayor Sidiq Khan made up for lost time—he gave the green light to three: a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists, a cross-river light rail link, and a major road tunnel. The hope is that they’ll unclog traffic and better connect an area that’s seen some of London’s most intense development.

You might expect a sigh of relief from East Londoners, but reactions have been mixed—critics have even called Mayor Khan’s move a “betrayal” of his promises to clean up London’s dirty air. But few disagree that something needed to be done.