- Sir Robin WalesElected mayor, London Borough of Newham
- TfL River Crossings Consultation OfficeTfL
- Cllr Chris RobertsLeader, Royal Borough of Greenwich
- Cllr Denise HylandCabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and skills, Royal Borough of Greenwich
- Cllr Ian CorbettExecutive member for infrastructure and environment, London Borough of Newham
- Cllr Harry SinghCabinet member for Greener Greenwich, Royal Borough of Greenwich
- Cllr Conor McAuleyExecutive member for regeneration and strategic planning, London Borough of Newham
- Cllr John FahyCabinet member for health and older people, Royal Borough of Greenwich
Mayor of London, Greenwich Council and Newham Council: Reject plans for a Silvertown Tunnel / 3rd Blackwall Tunnel
This petition is to reject damaging proposals from Transport for London, backed by Greenwich Council and Newham Council, to build a new road tunnel between the Greenwich peninsula and Silvertown - effectively, a third Blackwall Tunnel.
It is also to protest about Greenwich and Newham councils launching a "Bridge The Gap" campaign to promote the Silvertown Tunnel without any evidence of its benefits, and without consulting residents. Local councillors should be fighting for their communities, not against them, and this should be withdrawn immediately.
Why is the Silvertown Tunnel a bad idea?
Encouraging more traffic to use the A102 and A2 will be counter-productive and will, in the long term, do nothing to reduce congestion in south-east London. The area has long suffered from poor air quality, which led to 150 deaths across Greenwich borough in 2008, and any road-building will only make this worse.
Even the mayor's office admits pollution is high along the A102 and A2, particularly at the Woolwich Road flyover, Kidbrooke interchange and at Eltham station. The Woolwich Road flyover is already one of the most polluted spots in London. This can only get worse, along with the congestion, as the new tunnel gets busier. Furthermore, it will also make bottlenecks at Kidbrooke and Eltham - where the A102 and A2 have only two lanes in each direction - worse.
Instead, we call upon the mayor, Greenwich and Newham to press for alternative solutions and to look at reducing traffic flows through this area, instead of pushing on with this dangerous scheme, which will condemn local people in Greenwich, Charlton, Blackheath, Kidbrooke and Eltham to continuing dangerous high pollution levels.
What are the alternatives?
Alternative proposals could include a new bridge at Thamesmead, dropping tolls at the Dartford Crossing or heavy investment in public transport - or maybe a mix of all three.
This petition does not take a view on these other ideas - we simply want to prevent this dangerous proposal for a Silvertown tunnel. Contrary to what Greenwich and Newham Councils are claiming, all evidence so far shows that the Silvertown Tunnel is the only fixed link TfL is seriously considering.
If you do have alternative suggestions, please suggest them to Transport for London. They'll almost certainly be more sensible than adding more traffic to the A102.
What can I do?
Please sign our petition, share it around, and also fill in the Transport for London consultation to make sure your voice is officially heard.
If you live in Greenwich or Newham boroughs, please also email your local councillors, or visit them at their surgeries, to make sure they know that their councils' campaign do not represent your view, and to impress on them how important this is. If you live in a neighbouring borough, such as Lewisham or Tower Hamlets, please lobby your local councillors as well - they have a responsibility to represent your views to the Mayor as well.
This is a grass-roots campaign, with absolutely no party political affiliation. We have day jobs and don't have the PR resources the mayor, Greenwich and Newham councils can throw at this.
So if you can help us with posters or flyers to spread the word, with printed copies of this petition, or, most precious of all, can donate some of your time, please email email@example.com. You can also tweet us: @NoSilvertownTnl.
This petition is for everyone, but if you live locally, this could be the best thing you ever do for your neighbourhood.
Thank you for your time.
- Boris Johnson MP
- Elected mayor, London Borough of Newham
Sir Robin Wales
TfL River Crossings Consultation Office
- Leader, Royal Borough of Greenwich
Cllr Chris Roberts
- Cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and skills, Royal Borough of Greenwich
Cllr Denise Hyland
- Executive member for infrastructure and environment, London Borough of Newham
Cllr Ian Corbett
- Cabinet member for Greener Greenwich, Royal Borough of Greenwich
Cllr Harry Singh
- Executive member for regeneration and strategic planning, London Borough of Newham
Cllr Conor McAuley
- Cabinet member for health and older people, Royal Borough of Greenwich
Cllr John Fahy
I am writing to call on you to reject proposals to build a road tunnel between the Greenwich Peninsula and Silvertown.
Encouraging more traffic to use the A102 and A2 will be counter-productive and will, in the long term, do nothing to reduce congestion. The area has long suffered from poor air quality - the last recorded figures showed it caused 150 deaths in Greenwich borough in 2008 - and any road-building will only make this worse.
Furthermore, as any new tunnel gets busier, the existing bottlenecks - both north and south - will only get worse, particularly at Kidbrooke and Eltham; two areas which also already suffer from high pollution levels.
Please, press for alternative solutions and to look at reducing traffic flows through this area, rather than push on with this dangerous scheme, which will condemn local people in Greenwich, Charlton, Blackheath and Kidbrooke to continuing high pollution levels, as well as making matters worse in Canning Town and Silvertown.
I'm also writing to express my opposition to Greenwich Council’s decision, together with Newham Council, to campaign for such a tunnel without any evidence to show its benefits, or without any consultation with local people. The Bridge The Gap campaign purports to speak for local people, but it does not.
Local councillors should be fighting for their residents’ best interests, not trying to condemn the neighbourhoods they represent to pollution and further traffic congestion.
I'm aware there are other proposals on the table - but building the Silvertown Tunnel, which is the only fixed link TfL is seriously considering, will have dangerous consequences that will only hinder the revival of our riverside districts. Please oppose this foolhardy plan, and look again at alternatives.
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