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Withdraw the Silvertown Tunnel from planning and review TfL's river crossings programme

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We are deeply concerned by the threat of congestion and pollution from the Silvertown Tunnel, a road tunnel proposed by ex-mayor Boris Johnson, which would run from the Royal Docks to Greenwich Peninsula.

We are asking the new mayor, Sadiq Khan, to:

- Show us he is serious about his commitment to tackle pollution and congestion by withdrawing the Silvertown Tunnel proposal from the planning system immediately.

- Fully review the Silvertown Tunnel - taking into account all views, not just Transport for London's flawed modelling - and other crossing schemes planned east of Tower Bridge.

We have little confidence in the transport and pollution modelling carried out by TfL to support the Silvertown Tunnel scheme, and reject its recent assertions that building this new road will not cause a significant increase in traffic.

After recent revelations about Boris Johnson covering up the effects of air pollution on London’s primary schools, the need for a review into this scheme is now even more urgent.

Everybody knows that congestion at the Blackwall Tunnel is a problem. But loading more traffic onto its southern approach and sending new traffic through Canning Town, Silvertown and Poplar will merely exacerbate congestion in the wider area.

The Silvertown Tunnel will cost TfL £107m before construction even starts, at a time when the new mayor is looking for it to cut its costs. This proposal needs a full review, and that can only be carried out if it is taken out of the planning system.

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