The Planning Inspectorate has recommended the scheme to the Secretary of State for Transport. This followed a 6-month public examination.
The Secretary of State had until 11 October 2017 to decide whether or not to grant the application we filed in April 2016 for powers to build the Silvertown Tunnel.
The deadline for this decision has now been extended to 10 May 2018.
This extension is to allow more time to consider recent responses to the Secretary of State consultations on the scheme. The extra review is specifically in relation to the newly updated UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentration. More information is available on the GOV.UK website.
The Planning Inspectorate's website has more information about the application process for 'nationally significant' projects.
An extensive range of detailed information about the Silvertown Tunnel scheme is in our application documents on the same website, together with information about the examination itself.
Should our application be successful, Silvertown Tunnel construction could begin in early 2019. The new tunnel is expected to open in 2022/23.
If you have any questions about the Silvertown Tunnel scheme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Silvertown Tunnel would connect to the A1020 Silvertown Way/Lower Lea Crossing on the north side and to the A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach on the south side. The tunnel generally follows the alignment of the Emirates Air Line cable car.
The earliest the Silvertown Tunnel could become operational is in 2022/23.
The new tunnel would:
The tunnel will also create opportunities for new jobs in the local area, help local employers to access new markets and reduce the environmental impact of traffic congestion.
We have produced a short film which explains why the Silvertown Tunnel scheme is necessary.
Watch our latest 'drive through' film, to see how the new tunnel would link to the existing road network.
The Silvertown Tunnel was designated a 'Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project' by the Secretary of State for Transport in 2012. That's why we had to apply for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to build and operate the scheme.
Our timeline is:
A range of information about the scheme is on the Silvertown Tunnel page in Publications & reports.