Location: Christchurch Forum, Trafalgar Road, Greenwich, SE10 9EQ
Shocking figures about air pollution in Greenwich borough will be revealed at a public meeting to discuss plans for the Silvertown Tunnel, a proposed new road link between the Greenwich Peninsula and Royal Docks.
The No To Silvertown Tunnel campaign carried out its own research into air pollution during the summer, attaching tubes to lamp posts to measure the nitrogen dioxide in the air around the A102 Blackwall Tunnel Southern Approach, and the A2 Rochester Way Relief Road.
We found pollution levels broke European limits in several areas along the route – including locations where new homes are being built.
A Silvertown Tunnel would funnel more traffic into the two link roads, causing more congestion and pollution in Greenwich, Charlton, Blackheath, Kidbrooke and Eltham.
Both London mayor Boris Johnson and Greenwich Council support the building of the Silvertown Tunnel, despite the damage it will do to the local area. Other local councils, including Lewisham, Southwark, Hackney and Redbridge are either opposed or have serious reservations.
Transport consultant John Elliott, the Campaign for Better Transport’s Sian Berry, King’s College London air quality expert Dr Ian Mudway and Clean Air London’s Simon Birkett will discuss the issue at the Forum at Greenwich, Trafalgar Road, London SE10 9EQ at 7pm on Wednesday 16 October. Greenwich Council will be invited to send a speaker to the meeting.
We will also explain how we took the readings – and how local residents, parents and societies could do the same to get a true picture of how pollution affects our neighbourhoods.
“The Silvertown Tunnel will blight lives on both sides of the river Thames, but in Greenwich few people seem aware of the consequences of building a new road tunnel, or that there are even plans to build one,” says No to Silvertown Tunnel campaigner Chris Taylor, who took part in the community-based study.
“The A2 and A102 are London’s biggest rat-run – we get no benefit, only pollution and congestion from traffic using the Blackwall Tunnel because they want to avoid tolls at Dartford.
“Encouraging more vehicles to use these roads is madness – and will only make matters worse in the long run. We want to start a full and open debate about this issue, one which neither the mayor nor Greenwich Council want to have.”
No to Silvertown Tunnel public meeting:
Wednesday 16 October, 7-9pm, Forum at Greenwich, Trafalgar Road, London SE10 9EQ
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