Silvertown Tunnel plans move forward

PUBLISHED: 12:37 05 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:37 05 May 2016

Tfl has now submitted an application for the Silvertown Tunnel (Image: TfL)

Tfl has now submitted an application for the Silvertown Tunnel (Image: TfL)


Plans for the Silvertown Tunnel moved one step closer today after Transport for London announced the project’s next phase.

The “vital link” between Greenwich Pensinsula and Royal Docks is now in the hands of the Planning Inspectorate, after TfL approved the powers to build and implement the scheme in February.

The proposed link between the Greenwich Peninsula and Royal Docks is aimed at relieving congestion around the Blackwall Tunnel, with work due to begin in 2018.

Leon Daniels, managing director of surface transport at TfL, said: “In February 2016, the TfL Board approved the submission of a Development Consent Order (DCO) for powers to build and implement the Silvertown Tunnel scheme.

“We have now submitted this application and, subject to it being accepted and subsequent examination by the Planning Inspectorate, work on this vital river crossing could begin in 2018 with it being open to traffic by the early 2020s.”

A spokesman added that further changes had been made following the most recent consultation. These include relocating service buildings around the northern and southern portals, improved pedestrian and cycle crossings at Tidal Basin Roundabout by the northern portal.

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