Silvertown Tunnel (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 25th January 2022.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

Further to your answer to question 2021/4346 where you stated: “Non-compliance with the terms of the Development Consent Order is potentially a criminal offence and as such it is hard to countenance circumstances under which a future Mayor would wish to place themselves in such a position.”   How is this claim compatible with the legal opinion provided by Rea Murray on the 15 December 2021 that “TfL and the Mayor will retain a wide discretion; the Strategy can be altered, the monitoring (even if it leads to a trigger being activated) does not necessarily mean any mitigation will be undertaken and there is no guarantee as to what that mitigation measure or measures may be”?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Transport for London and I are not aware of any legal opinion on the Silvertown Tunnel provided by Rea Murray so we are unable to comment further.

I reiterate my response to Mayor’s Question 2021/4346, in which I explain that the Development Consent Order sets out a clear statutory process by which the initial user charges will be set and how they will be varied in future to ensure delivery of the scheme’s assessed benefits and impacts.