Plans to build a six lane road tunnel in East London have been approved (10th May 2018) by the government.

Living Streets has urged the government and Transport for London to scrap the proposal to build the Silvertown Tunnel as it will worsen traffic congestion, increase air pollution and negatively impact on people walking and cycling.

Tompion Platt, Head of Policy and Communications, Living Streets comments:

“The Silvertown Tunnel will damage the Mayor of London’s plans to clean up London’s air by worsening congestion and making it harder for people to walk more of their everyday journeys.

“The principle of ‘capacity induced demand’ is well accepted by transport professionals, showing that major new road projects actually increase local traffic and make congestion and pollution worse.

“We can’t build our way out of congestion, only by reducing vehicles can we create better places to live and do business and cleaner air to breathe. During National Walking Month, we are urging everyone to walk more everyday journeys to tackle the UK’s toxic air. This needs streets designed around people not cars.”