City Airport

MQT on 2016-05-25
Session date: 
May 25, 2016
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What actions will you take in Tower Hamlets and Newham to mitigate the effects on air quality of the Silvertown Tunnel and increased flights at City Airport?


Answer for City Airport

Answer for City Airport

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The planning application by London City Airport for expansion is, following the recent planning inquiry, now awaiting a decision by the Secretary of State. As part of the process, the GLA and TfL agreed a package of measures with the airport, including on air quality, which would become effective in the event that permission is granted. These include use of fixed electrical power supplies and funding of more effective monitoring. The airport also included a target for public transport access of 65 per cent (up from 61% in 2014, according to the airport's data); this would be underpinned by airport funding for additional railcars and staff for the DLR.

The Silvertown tunnel has the potential to meet current and future demand to cross the river in that location and importantly could transform cross-river public transport connections. I will review the merits of the tunnel alongside the six month public examination which is due to take place later this year. I will also look again at the particular issue of tolling. It could help to address concerns about the tunnel stimulating new car journeys, but I am determined to ensure that any user charges for the Silvertown Tunnel are fair and also encourage the take up of the cleanest vehicles.