TfL have launched a major public consultation into proposals for the Silvertown Tunnel and would like you to respond. We have also announced the initial results of our recent consultation on options for new river crossings in east London.
Our consultation on the specific proposals for a new road tunnel at Silvertown connecting the Greenwich Peninsula with the Royal Docks is a major step forward towards an application for powers to build the tunnel, which will be submitted in December 2015. This new crossing will address the existing problems with congestion at the Blackwall Tunnel, which contributes to poor air quality and unreliable journeys. With the population of east London set to grow significantly over the coming years, these problems will worsen if we do nothing to tackle them.
The Silvertown Tunnel will provide a viable alternative for some users of the Blackwall Tunnel; reducing congestion, making journeys more reliable and significantly reducing the impact of disruption. It will also create opportunities for new public transport connections across the river. As part of our plans, we have also developed proposals for a user charge at the Silvertown and Blackwall Tunnels. This is as an essential element to manage demand and provide a source of revenue to help pay for construction and operation of the new tunnel at Silvertown.
Detailed information about the proposals is available on our website at www.tfl.gov.uk/silvertown-tunnel. The consultation will run until 19 December 2014. Please do let us know your thoughts
We received almost 7,500 responses to our consultation on options for a package of new river crossings for east London. The analysis we have undertaken to date highlights how strongly both residents and businesses feel about this issue and how much support there is for additional crossings. Over 98 per cent of respondents expressed support for new crossings with less than two per cent of respondents commenting that there was no need for any new river crossings to be built.
Whilst there were different views on the specific location and timescales for progressing individual crossings, it was very clear that there is widespread support for a package of new river crossings. Given the scale of growth planned for east London and the projected population increase, there is significant public support to proceed further with the Silvertown tunnel proposal and to consider plans for new crossings at both Gallions Reach and Belvedere. We will publish a report summarising and responding to the issues raised during the recent consultation by the end of November.
TfL is now progressing further work on options for new river crossings at Gallions Reach and Belvedere. These new crossings would transform the connectivity of outer east London, open up major sites for development and help to support the delivery of jobs and homes across a wide area. Once the proposals for these two crossings have been developed further, we will undertake a more detailed consultation, planned to commence in September 2015.
Managing Director – TfL Planning
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