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London Mayor unveils proposals for greener river crossings [

THE MAYOR OF LONDON, Sadiq Khan, has set out a package of proposals for new river crossings to be built in the next five to 10 years that will improve travel across the capital, while supporting new affordable homes and business opportunities in East London. The plans include: • Acceleration of a new pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Rotherhithe • and Canary Wharf • A series of enhancements to the proposals for Silvertown Tunnel to • make it greener and more public transport-focused • A Docklands Light Railway crossing at Gallions Reach, helping • support the development of around 17,000 new homes across • Newham and the Royal Borough of Greenwich • Further assessment work for a Barking Riverside to Abbey Wood • London Overground crossing • Further assessment of a North Greenwich-Isle of Dogs ferry, supporting • new development on the Greenwich Peninsula and the Isle of Dogs. Said Sadiq Khan: “It’s no secret that London has long needed more river crossings in the east. With new homes and economic growth across East London, it becomes even more important that we deliver new greener transport links that allow Londoners to cross the river quickly and more easily. “But we don’t want these to have a damaging impact on our environment, and that’s why I’ve reviewed and improved plans for Silvertown Tunnel and why I’m pushing forward with crossings that encourage public transport, walking and cycling. “As we continue to unlock the massive economic potential of East London, we must secure the very best transport infrastructure that improves the quality of life for everyone living and working in the area.” With congestion and air quality around the Blackwall Tunnel predicted to get worse in the coming years as London’s population grows, the

Congestion and air quality around the Blackwall Tunnel is predicted to get worse in the coming years as London’s population grows – photo courtesy of Geograph.org Silvertown Tunnel is vital to provide a more reliable crossing as well as ensure goods and services can continue to be transported around London, the Mayor’s office says. The tunnel, which would open in 2023 and be paid for via a user charge, will help significantly reduce traffic queues. It will also support freight and delivery businesses by providing a more reliable route. David Leam, infrastructure director at London First, declared: “Better river crossings will help unlock the economic potential of East and South East London and connect thousands of new homes in Newham, Barking, Greenwich and elsewhere. We're delighted the Mayor has sped up these plans, aiming to deliver new ways of getting across the river within the next five to 10 years.” q

Electric ‘shock’ as Mick George Ltd venture out [

THE ‘CURRENT’ cannot be stemmed as the power surge at Mick George Ltd continues, with the construction supplier business more traditionally recognised for its earthworks and demolition based contracting services, now engaging within the mechanical and electrical design, installation and maintenance industry. Providing services to the contracting industry for 35 years, Mick George Ltd carry experience and a strong brand reputation in support of the launch. Increasingly, commercial buildings and properties are coming under the spotlight, with owners pressured to ensure they adhere to efficiency regulations. The introduction of the mechanical and electrical service is tasked with tackling exactly that issue. The provision covers an extensive range of services which specifically targets heating, ventilation, air conditioning and fire and security systems to name just a few. Attention is not limited to ‘new’ installations only, but also the upgrading of existing systems. From complex office refits and refurbishments, right through to maintenance and repairs, the business will get involved with the initial design – helping to identify cost savings and installation management and providing timely, cost effective solutions for clients.

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Jon Stump, finance director of Mick George Ltd commented: “It’s exciting times for the business. We’re always looking ahead at potential opportunities to expand and improve and the mechanical and electrical service is just one of a number of areas that we have invested in, with more on the horizon. Our aim is to make it easier for contractors, preventing the requirement for numerous suppliers for each service within a development. “We have tremendously talented employees with varied skill sets throughout the company, so we are sure this service, like all our others, will be provided to the same high quality in which the brand prides itself.” q • For further information visit the website www.mickgeorge.co.uk.

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