The Greenwich Borough Liberal Democrats are firmly against the building of the Silvertown Tunnel.
The Liberal Democrats were the first party locally to oppose the building of the Silvertown Tunnel and our position has not changed.
We will be responding to the latest TfL consultation which ends on Nov 29th and will publish our submission on this site. Put briefly we believe:
- The evidence against the Silvertown tunnel is far more compelling than the meagre evidence provided by TfL to support it
- Greenwich borough already suffers from often illegal levels of air pollution. The area near the Blackwall tunnel has recently had a cruise ship terminal approved, and there is an IKEA planned nearby, both of which will raise these levels yet further. The Silvertown tunnel will simply make a dangerous situation very much worse
- Silvertown tunnel is a 70s solution to a modern day problem, we believe TfL would be better looking at progressive alternative solutions – improving public transport, improving the cycling and pedestrian infrastructure – rather than building ever more roads
- A supposed benefit of Silvertown tunnel is that freight is unable to use Blackwall as that tunnel is too short for them; building Silvertown will bring a huge amount of freight traffic to local roads, with adverse effects on both air quality and safety.
Suzanne Miller, Secretary of the Greenwich Liberal Democrats said:
"Greenwich borough already suffers from poor air quality. Developments such as the cruise terminal and the new Ikea will only make this worse, and now local residents are expected to welcome yet more traffic, including huge lorries, onto our roads with supposedly no adverse effects. The Labour-run council continues to support this ‘toxic tunnel’, as do the local Conservatives. The Liberal Democrats in Greenwich oppose the Silvertown tunnel and call on TfL to build solutions fit for the future, not fall back on failed ideas from the past."