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Axe road tunnel, say greens


26 June 2020

Environmental campaigners are calling on Transport for London to cancel construction of the twin-bore Silvertown Tunnel under the River Thames in East London. 

TfL awarded a design, build, finance and maintain contract for the tunnel to the RiverLinx consortium in November 2019.

The crossing has been promoted as providing relief for the adjacent Blackwall tunnels.

The groups calling for the scheme to be axed are the Transport Action Network, which is leading legal action against the Government’s Road Investment Strategy 2; the Stop the Silvertown Tunnel Coalition; Speak Out Woolwich; and Extinction Rebellion Greenwich. 

They say the road is incompatible with the mayor’s declaration of a ‘climate emergency’ in 2018 and Covid-19 has produced unprecedented changes to travel, which means the traffic forecasts underpinning the tunnel’s business case are invalid. 

“The Silvertown tunnel project should be cancelled, and the financial, management and other resources freed up should be directed primarily to projects that support reducing the number of trips required, and modal shift.”  

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