Greenwich leader calls for river tolls to replace Silvertown plans

 

The leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich has called for trial tolls on both the Blackwall and the Rotherhithe Thames tunnels to help find a way out of the Silvertown Tunnel plans.

Cllr Danny Thorpe wrote to fellow Labour leader London mayor Sadiq Khan, calling for a pause to the £1bn Silvertown Tunnel scheme, which is already on hold due to legal action over the procurement.

The Labour and Cooperative Party leader, Cllr Thorpe, suggested that 'a full review of alternative options to reduce congestion and pollution' in the Blackwall tunnel area was needed.

He suggested a trial toll could be imposed on both Blackwall and Rotherhithe as part of a package of measures to provide an alternative to the Silvertown scheme.

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Transport for London (TfL) has proposed a toll on the Blackwall and Silvertown Tunnels once it is up and running 'to manage the traffic demands and the associated environmental impacts'.

'Based on our traffic modelling assessments there would be no need to implement user charging at existing adjacent crossings,' TfL said.

Victoria Rance, co-ordinator of the Stop the Silvertown Tunnel Coalition, said: 'We hope that now that Greenwich have signalled their opposition to the scheme, adding to the overwhelming existing opposition from top climate, traffic, and environmental health experts, leaders of four other boroughs, active travel NGOs, cycle logistics businesses, and local residents' groups, the mayor and TfL will take the opportunity to halt the scheme, look at the evidence, and think again.'

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