Mayor of London gives go-ahead to Silvertown Tunnel, DLR extension and pedestrian-cycle bridge

Sadiq Khan has approved three new Thames crossings in East London.

The Mayor has waved through plans for a new Silvertown Tunnel as well as pedestrian and cycling bridge and a DLR extension over the river.

Arguing that the new schemes would boost ecomomic growth and support hosuebuilding Khan promised to deliver ‘greener’ public crossings.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “It’s no secret that London has long needed more river crossings in the east. With new homes and economic growth across East London, it becomes even more important that we deliver new greener transport links that allow Londoners to cross the river quickly and more easily.

“But we don’t want these to have a damaging impact on our environment, and that’s why I’ve reviewed and improved plans for Silvertown Tunnel and why I’m pushing forward with crossings that encourage public transport, walking and cycling.

“As we continue to unlock the massive economic potential of East London, we must secure the very best transport infrastructure that improves the quality of life for everyone living and working in the area.”

The Silvertown Tunnel has been designed to alleviate traffic congestion on the existing Blackwall Tunnel and will undergo a six-month public examination from October 11. According to the Mayor TfL will also look at providing a bespoke cycle-bus which will carry cyclists and their bikes through the new tunnel on a turn-up and go basis.

The DLR extension will see the line linked from the current Gallions Reach to new housing projects at Thamesmead

Mayor has asked TfL to look at developing a new ferry between Canary Wharf and North Greenwich, which will help support new developments on the Greenwich Peninsula and the Isle of Dogs, as well as reduce demand on the Jubilee line at key times.