Calls for a £600m road bridge across the Thames in east London have set the stage for a new battle between environmental groups, politicians and business leaders.
The proposal for a bridge linking Beckton and Thamesmead has come from the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. But it was immediately condemned by Friends of the Earth as a "relic from the past".
- An earlier plan for a crossing known as the Thames Gateway Bridge was axed in 2008 after fierce opposition from conservationists and local pressure groups
- The chamber of commerce claims the new crossing will be "bike friendly" with segregated cycle lanes
- Motorists could be forced to pay a toll
Labour welcomed the proposal saying the economic regeneration of east London is being damaged by poor river crossings.
Current plans for additional crossings east of Tower Bridge include a tunnel at Silvertown and a possible replacement for the Woolwich Ferry.
Transport for London said a new public consultation on additional crossings beginning next week would be the "perfect opportunity" for the LCCI to submit its bridge proposal.