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Joint Statement On Delayed Silvertown Tunnel Announcement

Joint statement on behalf of Cllr Denise Hyland, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets:

“The Royal Borough of Greenwich and Tower Hamlets Council are disappointed by the latest delay in the Government reaching a decision on the Mayor of London’s plans for the much needed Silvertown Tunnel.

“Both our Councils have always been keen to ensure that the Silvertown Tunnel should not have a detrimental impact on the environment. That is why we welcomed the Mayor of London’s revised and improved plans for cleaner, greener public transport options and significant investments in pedestrian and cycling improvements in our boroughs and others. Our residents’ lives have been blighted by stationary vehicles stuck in queues at the Blackwall Tunnel for far too long.

“Despite the additional six month delay, we welcome the added considerations into the impact on air quality and we look forward to the final decision in May next year.”