The Silvertown Tunnel must be stopped! In 2018 London’s mayor pledged that by 2030 the capital would have air pollution concentrations within the WHO (World Health Organization) guidelines for fine particulate matter. The Silvertown Tunnel will scupper this policy aspiration. Currently at £2 billion, twice the original budget; it involves the construction of a four-lane carriageway under the Thames beside the existing Blackwall Tunnel. No road building project has ever reduced traffic and this scheme which has already triggered plans for the biggest lorry depot in Europe, shows it won’t be the exception. Not only will added traffic through boroughs such as Newham push up air pollution, already at levels exceeding EU standards but increase London’s green-house gas emissions. Road traffic in London already accounts for 25% of these and is rising. The Silvertown Tunnel coalition is calling for the scheme to be scrapped and for other more sustainable projects based on expanding public transport and active travel to be considered.     


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Comment by Richard Payne on February 15, 2021 at 12:54

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