Silvertown Crossing

MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What timelines are you working to on the Silvertown Crossing? What work is currently taking place on how this will link into the wider road network and what steps are you taking to model how it will affect flows at the Blackwall tunnel?


Answer for Silvertown Crossing

Answer for Silvertown Crossing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL plan to apply for the ‘Development Consent Order (DCO)’ powers that would be necessary to build and operate the new tunnel in 2015.


On the south side, the new crossing connects with the A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach with dedicated slip-roads in each direction. On the north side the new crossing connects to the Tidal Basin roundabout at the grade-separated junctions with the A1020 Silvertown Way/Lower Lea Crossing. The roundabout geometry will be modified to achieve high-capacity links to and from the Lower Lea Crossing and from there connect to key strategic routes (A13, A12 and A1261). The design of the highway tie-ins are the subject of ongoing discussions with the borough highway authorities and a key consideration is minimising impact on local roads whilst providing adequate access and connectivity for local residents and businesses.


The impact of the proposed new tunnel on traffic flow at Blackwall Tunnel and elsewhere is being extensively modelled.  The outputs of this work will be published in consultations on the proposed tunnel. TfL plan to hold a detailed consultation on the benefits and impacts of Silvertown Tunnel later this autumn. A further round of consultation is planned prior to making the DCO application.