Blackwall Tunnel

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4306
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Do you accept that you could manage demand for the Blackwall Tunnel by introducing road user charging now?

Answer

Answer for Blackwall Tunnel

Answer for Blackwall Tunnel

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There are very significant delays at the Blackwall Tunnel.  In part these are caused by the volume of traffic but they are also due to regular blockages that occur in the tunnel.  The northbound tunnel is sub-standard and high sided vehicles often get stuck.  When this happens the wider network is severely affected as the system has no resilience.

Although charging for the tunnel would help reduce demand, it would not resolve the problem of providing a reliable and resilient network to help support growth in the area. The Slivertown Tunnel is intended to address this.