The planning examination into the proposed four lane Silvertown Tunnel road scheme closes today (11 April) in London. This comes one week after the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, unveiled plans to combat the growing problem of air pollution in the city.

Evidence shown at the examination indicates that this new motorway-style road offers little for sustainable travel and nothing for shorter journeys on foot. The huge £1bn estimated cost would be better spent on projects to encourage walking in the city. Even if planning permission were granted, the mayor can abandon this scheme which is incompatible with his ambitious plans to clean up the polluted London air.

Steve Chambers, Policy and Research Coordinator, Living Streets

The inspectors now have three months to decide if the controversial scheme should go ahead, with final approval from the Secretary of State.

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Local group Living Streets London supports investment in transport projects that place walking at the heart of how Londoners get around.