Say "no" to the Silvertown Tunnel

The evidence against the Silvertown tunnel, next to Blackwall, is currently much more compelling than anything produced to support it. The borough already suffers illegal levels of air pollution, which will only get worse with new road build, and research points to markedly more traffic, not less, should extra capacity be built in this location. There has been precious little attention given to greener and cheaper solutions to current problems.

The current proposals have precious little to back them up whilst research from our local area and across the world points to the huge problems that could result. Key amongst those is the negative affect on the health of Greenwich residents who already suffer with unacceptably high levels of air pollution.

The probability is that these new roads will fill up overnight, as they did when the M25 and the second Blackwall tunnel were built, thereby solving nothing. We in Greenwich already have enough in the way of high volume, large roads and we don't want more of our green spaces and family homes bulldozed for yet more.

Read our full reasons here.

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  • signed 2017-05-17 07:30:21 +0100
    I have to disagree with you there. We desperately need multiple road and public transport river crossings in the South East. Not just the Silvertown Tunnel but also in Thamesmead and Belvedere. The more the better. I do agree that more roads may attract more traffic to a certain extend. You also need to bear in mind that the additional crossings at Blackwall and Dartford have not just caused more traffic because they were built but also time has moved on with more cars and lorries on the road due to our live style.

    As a business owner in Plumstead I currently completely ignore potential business opportunities in Barking, Dagenham or Romford, simply because it is not viable to get there. I would discourage anyone from my are to look for jobs there, despite the distance very close.

    I completely ignore shopping opportunities there, even though many store websites showing listing my “closest branch” across the river.

    Going to the north of England or Stansted Airport (45 minutes drive when roads are clear) always takes careful planning and hoping that the Blackwall tunnel is free.

    We do need these crossings! However, we generally do need to work more on getting all vehicles cleaner (electrified, hydrogen) and reduce road traffic to a sensible level that works hand in hand with public transport. River crossings take a long time to plan and build, so they need to be started now. How about making cars with clean fuels free to cross and charge others? But we should not stop the river crossings in general if we don’t have alternatives for all crossing requirements.
  • signed 2016-11-16 17:15:14 +0000
  • signed 2016-10-23 09:40:14 +0100
    I’m unable to see how the A2 South bound and A12 north bound (plus surrounding junctions) will be able to cope with increased traffic flow. The Silvertown Tunnel will divert traffic for a section of the current problem area, only for this problem to be diverted elsewhere. As a SE London resident, I’d use my car far less if there were stronger transport links in this seemingly black hole. Alternatives welcome to get cars off the road.
  • signed 2015-08-17 12:35:52 +0100
    It would be wrong to Impose congestion, pollution, and expense on local people for others’ benefit. Ignoring the evidence and locals’ views would suggest questionable motives. Yes, we need crossings — for public transport, cycles, and pedestrians.
  • signed 2015-08-10 09:10:18 +0100
  • signed 2015-08-09 20:54:06 +0100
    The proposal for the Silvertown Tunnel is unsound and unfair. Adding another crossing in the East is desperately needed, however the only reason traffic flows in the rest of London is because numerous bridges are spaced right across London. Constructing a crossing to come into the exact same bottleneck that is the Blackwall Tunnel is illogical and flawed. In addition, Londoners in Central London and out to the West can cross the river at a variety of points, free from toll. With the introduction of this tunnel and the proposal put forward the only free crossing for people in the East would be the Greenwich and Woolwich tunnels. This strikes me as discrimination.
  • signed 2015-08-09 17:28:41 +0100