Silvertown Tunnel under Thames - Newham to Greenwich near O2 Arena: See two massive boreholes in east London
Sep 08, 2023
The second of two boreholes beneath the Thames – which will together form London’s new Silvertown Tunnel – is now complete.
TfL says the scheme will address the queuing and delays at Blackwall Tunnel, as well as provide cross-river zero emission buses – and it says the project will reduce pollution. The photos of the complete second borehole were taken on Thursday last week by Siân Berry, a Green member of the London Assembly. Ms Berry – who believes the scheme will increase car dependency and risk new traffic and pollution – previously authored a report which proposed several alternative uses for the tunnel, including a tram system or an extension to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR).
Commenting this week, she called on mayor Sadiq Khan to “make this real blot on his record turn into something more positive”. She added: “There are options for being very creative about how we use [the Silvertown Tunnel] in different ways to support public transport, walking and cycling, and not increase the traffic.
In July, plans were unveiled for a ‘bike bus’ to transport cyclists through the tunnel. The “bespoke” shuttle bus could run every 10 minutes and would only carry cyclists and their bikes, which would either be loaded onto the bus or a trailer pulled behind the bus.
In September last year, Mr Khan defended the Silvertown Tunnel on BBC Radio London.“The east of London has been neglected for centuries,” he said. “You have got 18 river crossings looking west from Tower Bridge, only one looking the east. “We are trying to make sure there is a new crossing which will have a lane reserved for double-decker buses to improve public transport. And it will be in the Ultra Low Emission Zone, so the air afterwards will be cleaner than it is now – that’s a win-win.”
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