I have some information and a question to the Mayor. I have great sympathy for the residents and those who travel on our roads in terms of this particular issue. Like many others, I have taken time out to speak to respective parties. The Mayor can speak for TfL. I can speak for the MPA and for the police service.
Last week I met with the Assistant Commissioner responsible for this particular area. I was not completely satisfied by the response that I got. I have asked for a written report. It does seem to me that action was taken that pre-empted a proper consultation exercise that would have been undertaken by TfL. Partly that is about managing risk. I know Members are not belittling some of the issues. There is not just the potential of a head on collision between two parties. The ultimate risk is that we have a fire ball and multiple accidents in a tunnel that takes, when it is in operation, over 2,000 cars an hour, unlike any other tunnel that we have; Rotherhithe takes a lot less.
My issue is about who took what decision, and when. I understand that TfL did receive information which said that the tunnel was unsafe. I do not think it would be very responsible of public agencies - whether it is the police or TfL - to allow cars to continue in an unsafe environment.
Both the Mayor and I would have liked early sightings of these issues. There was a failure of communication I think on the part of both agencies to sufficiently flag up at higher levels the consequences of these actions.
I am happy to put information into the public domain when we get to the bottom of those issues from a police perspective.
Longer term, we know that this part of the area suffered in terms of the cross-river capacity compared to others. We know also this will not solve some of the misery that has been created by the decisions that circumstances forced. However, where do we stand in terms of the potential third bore at Thamesmead - the so-called Silvertown Link - in terms of creating a safer environment that will be able to deal with some of that capacity that is there now? What chances, over a longer period, do we have of being successful with this proposal?