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Silvertown Tunnel ‘all pain no gain’ as Inquiry closes

11 April 2017

The planning inquiry into the proposed Silvertown Tunnel ends today with campaigners urging the Mayor to drop the hugely expensive road project in favour of cheaper public transport options. 

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said: "The evidence heard during the Inquiry has done nothing to dispel the many objections to the increased traffic and pollution that the Silvertown Tunnel would bring to Londoners. The tide of policy is turning against the Silvertown Tunnel plans, with boroughs that previously supported the proposals now rejecting them.  The Tunnel plans would be all pain, no gain, for communities on either side.

"Building new roads is a failed solution to the capital's transport challenges. The proposed £1bn Tunnel budget could be much better spent on improved public transport, walking and cycling links to cut traffic, clean up the air and reconnect communities. We hope that the Inspectors will reject the plans. Whatever their judgement, Mayor Khan is free to drop this inherited project and redirect resources to better options for London."

Planning inspectors now have three months to produce their decision, followed by a further three months for the Secretary of State to accept or reject their recommendation, meaning that a final decision will be made this Autumn. 

ENDS

For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. Read about Campaign for Better Transport’s campaigning around the Silvertown tunnel and other new Thames river crossing proposals here – London roads and river crossings
  2. Read Transport for London’s plans for the Silvertown tunnel here - Silvertown Tunnel
  3. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).