TfL Report on the Silvertown Tunnel Consultation

TfL has published a Consultation Report, setting out the issues that were raised in their last consultation on the Silvertown Tunnel, which ran from 15 October to 19 December 2014.

The report is available to download on our website

In summary the outcomes of the consultation were:

  • TfL received over 4,600 responses in total, including from areas across east and south-east London,
  • 83 per cent of respondents who completed TfL’s online consultation questionnaire felt that the Silvertown Tunnel is needed and could improve the resilience of the road network in east London, relieve congestion at the Blackwall Tunnel and beyond and support growth in London’s population,
  • Just over a third of respondents (37 per cent) supported user charging as a means for managing demand for the tunnel and providing a source of funding to help pay for its construction.  Just over half of respondents (54 per cent) disagreed with the proposed user charge.

Respondents also made a number of written comments, and several broad themes emerged, including:

-     Highway & Traffic issues – some commented on the effect that they felt the scheme might have on traffic flow, or suggested additional or complementary schemes TfL should consider. 

-     User charging – some respondents commented on the effect that they felt the proposed charge would have on traffic.  There were also a wide range of suggestions for discounts.

-     Public Transport & cycling – we received a range of suggestions for new bus services or other public transport links to complement the Silvertown Tunnel.  Some respondents also asked that TfL reconsider whether pedestrians and cyclists could be allowed to use the new tunnel.

-     Alternatives to the Silvertown Tunnel – some respondents suggested that TfL should consider an alternative scheme, such as a bridge or a new link for public transport services, walking and cycling only.

TfL are reviewing the issues raised in the consultation and later this spring will publish a further report responding to these points in detail.

TfL will hold a final consultation on the Silvertown Tunnel in the summer 2015, prior to submitting an application for the ‘Development Consent Order’ that would be necessary to build and operate the tunnel in late 2015 or early 2016.

Peter Bradley

Head of Consultation

Transport for London