Environmental groups are voicing their opposition to a new road tunnel under the Thames at Silvertown. Transport for London announced the plans recently and said the new route way would be funded by toll charges to be introduced to motorists using the Blackwall Tunnel.
Darren Johnson, Green Assembly member, said motorists were unlikely to be impressed by an announcement by the mayor that they will now have to pay every time they cross the Thames. He added that the Green Assembly was opposed to the new tunnel because of the pollution it will cause.
He went on to say that the new tunnel was not needed as there was already adequate public transportation for crossing the river in the east. Spokeswoman for Friends of the Earth London, Jenny Bates, attacked the idea of a new tunnel saying it would produce more congestion, more pollution and more noise.
She added that London needed to be searching for a cleaner more efficient transport system rather than reverting to more roads and a car ferry across the Thames that will encourage people to use their cars.
Managing Director of Planning, Michele Dix, said consultations were happening to look at ways of reducing congestion and boosting economic growth in the east with new river crossings. She added that one of the proposals for funding such schemes was to introduce toll charges however, nothing had yet been decided.