Silvertown Tunnel decision delayed until November


A decision on whether the Silvertown Tunnel will be built has been delayed until November to allow for further consideration of air quality issues.

Today is six months since the end of the public examination into the scheme. An announcement had been due to be made this morning.

But Transport Minister Paul Maynard has released a written statement to the House of Commons extending the deadline until 10 November.

During the summer, the Department for Transport asked those involved in the public examination for their views on how the Silvertown Tunnel fits in with the government’s new plan to deal with air pollution. The extension of the deadline is to allow more time for those responses to be considered.

We at No to Silvertown Tunnel have always maintained that the Silvertown Tunnel is likely to increase congestion, and so will also increase pollution. We hope the final decision will recognise what we have believed all along – that the Silvertown Tunnel represents a reckless gamble with the health and wellbeing of thousands of Londoners, and should be abandoned.

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