Blackwall tunnel tolling trial

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-07-18
Session date: 
July 18, 2019
Reference: 
2019/14183
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Campaigners have suggested that a trial should take place on tolling Blackwall Tunnel, ahead of any decision to go ahead with your planned Silvertown Tunnel. Is this something you will consider to assess the impact of such a policy on traffic volumes in the wider area before you sign any contract for Silvertown?

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Answer for Blackwall tunnel tolling trial
Blackwall tunnel tolling trial

Blackwall tunnel tolling trial

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As I have previously explained in my responses to Mayor's Question 2019/12014 and 2019/11963, the Silvertown Tunnel, along with associated user charging and a step change in cross river bus services, has already been determined as the most appropriate solution to the significant issues of congestion and unreliability at the Blackwall Tunnel, and the consequential impacts this has on the travel, the economy and the environment across a wide area of south and east London. We cannot afford to wait any longer to see it implemented.

Transport for London (TfL) has already assessed the option you suggest as part of developing the Silvertown Tunnel scheme. As TfL presented in its ‘Case for the Scheme’ to the Planning Inspectorate, ‘charge-only’ options would only partly address congestion problems, would not materially impact on the number of traffic incidents which force the Blackwall Tunnel to be closed regularly, and would not provide a viable alternative to improve river-crossing resilience. Charge-only options would also not allow implementation of a transformative new cross-river bus network in east London.