Silvertown Tunnel (4)

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 contrasts the number of bus routes crossing Putney Bridge with the number of bus routes using the Blackwall Tunnel. However, the decision on what bus routes use the Blackwall Tunnel is TfL's, so this is something TfL could address now. Will TfL consider additional services through the Blackwall Tunnel, for example, extending the 488 to Charlton or Blackheath?


Answer for Silvertown Tunnel (4)

Answer for Silvertown Tunnel (4)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Connectivity across the river is currently provided by the Jubilee Line and route 108, linking Lewisham and Blackheath to Bow and Stratford. Given existing constraints at Blackwall, there are no current plans for additional cross river routes, though bus services more widely will continue to be reviewed.

However, the proposed Silvertown Tunnel would greatly increase the potential for cross-river routes in this area by providing a more reliable crossing and a full size tunnel through which double decker buses will be able to operate. TfL will examine the corridors where improvements in capacity or connectivity could be facilitated by the new tunnel. These include possible new connections between southeast London and employment areas at Canary Wharf and the Royal Docks. New bus routes could also serve new developments emerging in the Greenwich Peninsula and Royal Docks and potentially link to existing local centres on either side of the river.