Blackwall Tunnel (Supplementary) [11]

Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Bob Neill
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The effect of it, of course, is that something which has operated for the better part of 30 years suddenly ceased operation on 48 hours notice as far as members of the travelling public and the vast majority of stakeholders were concerned. That makes it very difficult for members of the public to have much confidence in the decision. Even if the police are right - and I am not going to enter into that debate now - why was it that the issue was not raised with the affected London boroughs and with people generally when the matter first came to TfL's attention, so that if there was a problem we could have a debate about it? Why was it all kept so close to TfL and the police's chests?

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Answer for Blackwall Tunnel (Supplementary) [11]

Answer for Blackwall Tunnel (Supplementary) [11]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I spelt out the sequence of events so people can see how we got to where we were. TfL's initial view was to try and continue the tidal flow. The report was commissioned. It came up with the clear indication that the tidal flow should not continue. It then came to me. I discussed this with Peter Hendy. My response was to see whether we could put a permanent barrier down the middle of the Blackwall Tunnel so that people could not overtake. TfL went away and came back a couple of days later saying that it physically is not possible to do that. Therefore we agreed that we would start the process of consulting the local boroughs. That was overtaken the following morning by this incident with the motorcyclist, and the police took the decision, as is their legal right, to stop the flow. Therefore we did not get the chance to consult; we were planning to consult.