Silvertown Tunnel (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 18th May 2022.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

In answer to question 2022/0261 you stated “Through the Development Consent Order (DCO), TfL has committed to a minimum of 20 buses per hour during peak periods in each direction through the tunnels for the duration of the monitoring period, initially planned for three years. TfL anticipates that these buses would be zero-emission.” Please clarify (a) the times of peak periods, (b) whether or not the buses will be zero-emission, and (c) an assurance that any monitoring period will be at least three years.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The peak periods are the busiest hours which are typically defined as 07:00 – 10:00 and 16:00 – 19:00 on weekdays. The peaks are not necessarily the same for every bus route or service and may be amended as the demand pattern for the new services emerges.

I have been clear in my expectation that all of these buses should be zero-emission. Transport for London’s (TfL’s) ability to introduce further zero-emission bus services across London is, however, dependent on a fair and sustainable longer-term funding settlement from central Government.

The monitoring period is clearly defined in the Development Consent Order for the Silvertown Tunnel scheme as at least three years.

Further information on TfL’s plans to develop a new cross-river bus network as part of the Silvertown Tunnel scheme is set out in TfL’s Bus Strategy which is available here: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/wp-content/ipc/uploads/projects/TR010021/TR010021-001724-8.82 Bus Strategy R2_ .pdf