Silvertown tunnel

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-01-20
Session date: 
January 20, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0083
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Now that four London councils and a Greenwich MP have formally objected to it, isn't the Silvertown Tunnel project dead in the water?

Answer

Answer for Silvertown tunnel

Answer for Silvertown tunnel

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Absolutely not. The Silvertown Tunnel is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure project with strong support. It is vital to relieving pressure at the Blackwall Tunnel, which is currently east London's only major road crossing. It regularly sees 20 minute tailbacks and serious disruption that leads to unreliable journeys, high levels of air pollution, lost trade and £10 million wasted each year in time spent queuing. As well as reducing congestion, Silvertown will enable TfL to provide new bus routes which will see up to 37 buses per hour in each direction connecting communities such as Stratford and Canary Wharf north of the river with Eltham and Lewisham south of the river.

A Statutory consultation on the Silvertown Tunnel scheme took place between 5 October - 29 November 2015.  This was the fourth public consultation on the scheme and over 4,100 responses were received.      TfL is actively considering all the comments made by respondents and will be producing a Consultation Report listing all of these issues and explaining what account TfL has taken of these.  In addition, meetings are being arranged with key stakeholders to work through their comments with the intention of producing statements of common ground on the main topics.  Subject to approval from the TfL Board, a Development Consent Order application for the scheme will then be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in spring 2016. 

The Silvertown Tunnel is one of a number new tunnels and bridges proposed as part of a bold vision to transform cross-river connectivity right across London.  This will support the needs of a rapidly growing population by unlocking areas for development, creating thousands of jobs and homes.