Silvertown Tunnel (3)

MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


TfL publicity for the Silvertown Tunnel consultation states that 98% of people want more road river crossings. However, this figure was taken from questions about the Woolwich Ferry, Gallions Reach and Belvedere Bridges in the "East of Silvertown" consultation, and so did not apply to the specific Silvertown Tunnel proposal and it also included those people who only wanted to refurbish the existing Woolwich Ferry.  Do you accept that this figure of 98% is a misleading one in the context of the Silvertown Tunnel?


Answer for Silvertown Tunnel (3)

Answer for Silvertown Tunnel (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I do not accept that this figure was misleading.

The publicity you refer to covered two separate pieces of work - the launch of the Silvertown Tunnel consultation and an update on the early results of the 'East of Silvertown' consultation which proposed new river crossings at Woolwich, Gallions Reach and/or Belvedere.

The publicity is clear that the 98 per cent figure quoted relates to the early results of the East of Silvertown consultation in which less than two per cent of respondents commented that there was no need for any new river crossings to be built.

Prior to the current Silvertown Tunnel consultation, TfL's previous consultation on this proposal was undertaken between October and February 2013.  Of the 6,409 people who completed TfL's online questionnaire, 76 per cent supported or strongly supported the Silvertown Tunnel.

TfL has published on its website a document summarising its analysis to date of the outcome of its east of Silvertown consultation.  The document is available at  Later this year TfL will publish reports detailing and responding to the issues raised in the consultation.