New river crossings - ability to cater for new vehicles

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1375
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Transport for London estimate that the Blackwall tunnel demand is 'about 150% of its capacity in the peak - the excess demand manifests in queuing along the approach roads to the tunnel.' Building Silvertown Tunnel might deal with this existing 'queuing traffic, but can you confirm that the plans for two of the four lanes to be dedicated to bus and lorry traffic, means that there will be very limited scope at peak time for additional 'new' non-queuing traffic?

Answer

Answer for New river crossings - ability to cater for new vehicles

Answer for New river crossings - ability to cater for new vehicles

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is currently envisaged that the proposed Silvertown tunnel will include a priority lane for bus services and goods vehicles, although further work will be needed to define the detailed operational strategy for the tunnel (including the Blackwall tunnel).

It is clear that as well as defining how the lanes will be used at the tunnels, the final charging strategy will also be a key tool to ensure that the benefits of congestion relief are achieved and are not eroded by uncontrolled traffic growth.