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Campaigners welcome ‘chance for a rethink’ as Silvertown Tunnel delay announced

6 November 2017

The announcement that the Silvertown Tunnel planning decision is being delayed until May 2018 to allow more time to examine the effects of the scheme on air quality has been welcomed by Campaign for Better Transport.

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said: “We welcome the chance for a rethink, we believe that building a major highway through densely populated east London is incompatible with achieving minimum air quality standards and hope the Secretary of State and Mayor of London will see sense and drop these damaging plans.

“Instead, the billions that the road tunnel would cost could be better spent delivering the Mayor's positive vision of healthy streets and high quality public transport.”

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For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. Read the full ministerial statement here.
  2. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).