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Has TfL made any estimate of the minimum level of toll that would be needed to fully remove congestion at the Blackwall Tunnel? If so, how would this toll compare to the proposed tool in the ‘assessed scheme’ of the Silvertown Tunnel project. Has any assessment also been made of the level of re-routing that tolling on either crossings would create?
A constituent has asked me to raise the following question: “Given that, in its initial examination of options for the Silvertown crossing, TfL falsely concluded that it was not possible for a charge-only scheme to fully remove congestion at Blackwall - and therefore did not examine this option in detail - will you now fully evaluate (in terms of value for money, air quality improvement, and carbon reduction) the option of implementing the minimum charge at Blackwall necessary to remove congestion, and investing the toll income in schemes that improve health, reduce air pollution, and reduc
Following the delays to the opening of Silvertown Tunnel will you now reconsider your refusal to implement and evaluate an experimental toll at Blackwall Tunnel before moving forward with the Silvertown scheme?
Unlike the Rotherhithe pedestrian and cycle bridge the Silvertown road tunnel was not set out in your 2016 manifesto. Considering the delays that are already taking place in commencing the Silvertown Tunnel will you consider asking TfL to delay signing any contract to build Silvertown until after the 2020 mayoral election to ensure that the people who will pay for the tunnel, and who will have to live with it, get a say on whether it is built or not?
Has TfL investigated whether implementing a toll on the Blackwall tunnel could also improve resilience by preventing blockages by, for example, preventing over-height vehicles from registering for the toll system?
A constituent has asked me to raise this following question:
One of the arguments used by proponents of the Silvertown road tunnel is that it will allow new bus routes to be established across the Thames. However British Pathé film coverage of the opening of the second Blackwall tunnel by Desmond Plummer in 1967 prominently shows double decker buses running through the Blackwall tunnel. What are the actual restrictions that currently prevent far more bus routes operating across the current Blackwall tunnels?
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?
What are your next steps to deliver your proposed Silvertown Tunnel river crossing?
It was recently announced that TfL will look at providing a bespoke cycle-bus which will carry cyclists and their bikes through the proposed new Silvertown road tunnel on a turn-up and go basis. Irrespective of whether the new Silvertown tunnel is built will you ensure similar facilities for cyclists are immediately considered for the Blackwall and Rotherhithe tunnels?