Silvertown tunnel launch delayed until 2024

PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 December 2018

Artist's impression of the Silvertown tunnel entrance. Picture: TfL

Artist's impression of the Silvertown tunnel entrance. Picture: TfL


The Silvertown tunnel’s opening will be delayed by a year, Transport for London has revealed.

The 2024 date was revealed in TfL’s draft business plan, which details the vision for the capital’s transport network and infrastructure, and is a change from the previously announced intention for the tunnel to open in 2023.

Construction work on the new road link between Silvertown and Greenwich is set to begin late next year.

Permission for the 1.4km tunnel was granted by transport secretary Chris Grayling in May this year, seven months after a decision on whether to build it or not was originally due.

The project, which was proposed to reduce congestion in the Blackwall tunnel, has attracted criticism from campaign groups who raised concerns about the additional traffic in the areas surrounding the tunnel’s portals, as well as the impact on the environment.

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