Half price Silvertown tunnel toll proposed for drivers on low incomes
PUBLISHED: 17:37 13 March 2017
Drivers on a low income could benefit from subsidised access to the proposed Silvertown tunnel.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, outlined the plans in a TfL document submitted to the planning inspectorate as part of an inquiry into a new river crossing between the Royal Docks and Greenwich Peninsula.
Residents of Newham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich – the three boroughs set to be most affected by the planned tunnel – could benefit from a 50 per cent discount on the user charges if they are in receipt of either income support, jobseekers’ allowance or employment and support allowance.
In addition, a planned annual registration fee for online payment of the charges will be free for a short time for people living in the three boroughs.
The cost of this registration fee has not yet been determined.
However, the charge for using the tunnel has been projected at £3 per car in peak periods – currently deemed as 6am-10am northbound and 4pm-7pm southbound on weekdays – and £1 at all other times for account holders. Non-account holders face a £4 charge at all times.
Different pricing structures have been projected for motorbikes, vans and heavy goods vehicles, with buses, coaches and minibuses able to travel through the tunnel for free.
A six month public examination into the tunnel is set to finish next month, with the planning inspectorate due to make a recommendation to the secretary of state for transport by July.
If the new crossing is approved, construction is set to begin next year and is expected to open in 2022 or 23.