A six-month public examination of the Silvertown Tunnel scheme began on 11 October 2016. Once the examination is finished, no later than 11 April 2017, the Planning Inspectorate will have three months to make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport.
The Secretary of State would then have three months to decide whether or not to grant the application we filed in April 2016 for powers to build the Silvertown Tunnel.
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 would begin in 2018. The new tunnel is expected to open in 2022/23.
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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.