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Silvertown Tunnel (5)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Boff Andrew Boff Conservative

In a letter to the Stop the Silvertown Tunnel Coalition, you wrote:

"I am committed to reducing car dominance, improving air quality and addressing climate change. The current situation at the Blackwall Tunnel cannot continue, as it fundamentally undermines these goals."

Why do you think the solution is a project that increases motor traffic capacity in that part of London, makes air quality worse for thousands of local residents, and increases CO2 emissions?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

As explained in my response to Mayor’s Question 2020/1067, the Silvertown Tunnel is the best solution to addressing the current situation at the Blackwall Tunnel, and this was recognised by the Planning Inspectorate and Secretary of State for Transport in granting the Development Consent Order.

The Silvertown Tunnel is vital to addressing the issues of congestion and poor reliability at the Blackwall Tunnel and the lack of viable alternative river crossings in this part of London. It will effectively eliminate congestion, deliver an overall improvement in air quality and enable a step-change in the provision of cross-river bus services.

The need for the scheme has been established for many years in the London Plan and Mayor’s Transport Strategy. Transport for London has committed to a range of control measures to ensure the delivery of the scheme’s benefits and the management of its impacts.