Blackwall Tunnel Response Team 2

Meeting: 
MQT on 2011-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2011
Reference: 
2011/0494
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Implicit in your introduction of the response team, is of course a recognition that the whole of East London is held to ransom, and frequently gridlocked, by problems in the tunnel. Not only is this massively inconvenient but it has massive economic consequences and holds back investment and development decisions. It is widely recognised that this problem will only be addressed by the construction of another road crossing, suitably managed to minimise its potential negatrive impacts. Do you accept this? If not, why not and if so what urgency are you placing on this, as the impression is created by your actions to date that you are merely kicking the problem into the long grass so that it will not be addressed until another Mayor sits in City Hall. What outputs will exist by May 2012?

Answer

Answer for Blackwall Tunnel Response Team 2

Answer for Blackwall Tunnel Response Team 2

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response received on 2 March 2011:

As you are aware, I have strengthened the importance placed on traffic reliability in my Transport Strategy, which places a new emphasis on smoothing traffic flow. I agree that a new crossing is required in east London to address the problem, and that this should be close to Blackwall in order that the reliability of the road network in the Blackwall tunnel area is addressed.

My Transport Strategy explicitly supports measures to improve the river crossings, and we will be bringing forward proposals to deliver new crossings, including a new river crossing at Silvertown, a new ferry crossing, and a Cable Car which we hope will be delivered in the short term. In the meantime, the new Blackwall tunnel response team aims to deliver improvements for local people in the short term, and we will continue to investigate medium as well as long term improvements in order to bring relief to residents of east and south east London.

For more details on the work of the Blackwall tunnel response team, please see my answer to MQ493/2011.