Gateway Jam for Motorcycling - April 5th 2005
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MAG has lodged an early protest against Transport for London's (TfL) proposed £4 charge for the use of London's new Gateway Bridge.
The proposed Thames Gateway Bridge (TGB) would be a local road bridge connecting Beckton in East London to Thamesmead south of the river, with two segregated and dedicated public transport lanes and separate lanes for pedestrians and cyclists.
The planning application for the Thames Gateway Bridge was approved by the London Borough of Greenwich on 14 December 2004 and by Newham Council on 15 December 2004.
Under the tolling formula proposed by the Order, the maximum toll for one way use of the main new special road (in either direction) that may be applied, at July 2004 prices, are:
- Motor cars, motor cycles and motor caravans £4.00
- Small goods vehicles £5.40
- Any other vehicles £8.70
MAG's London Regional Rep. Gerrard Livett attended a public inquiry on Monday April 3 where news of the charges was released. Mr Livett lodged MAG's opposition to both the principle and proposed scale of charges for motorcycles.
MAG's President Ian Mutch who lives in East London said; "This proposal flies in the face of contemporary thinking on the role of motorcycles in an integrated transport policy. There seem to be some elements within TfL who are singing off song." He added, " They need to get with the programme which recognises the simple truth that, two wheels cut jams.