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London mayor accused of sidelining green priorities over capital tunnel plan

London mayor Boris Johnson’s plans to build a road tunnel connecting Greenwich Peninsula to Silvertown has been slammed by chair of the London Assembly’s Environment Committee.

Darren Johnson, who is also a Green Party councellor, said Johnson “can’t claim that air pollution or climate change are a priority” while proposing this “traffic-generating road”.

“The last mayor lost the public inquiry on the grounds that a bridge at Gallions Reach would increase traffic in east London and add to pollution,” said Darren Johnson. “This tunnel is a straightforward attempt to double capacity around the Blackwall Tunnel and will generate extra traffic all over East London.

“I don’t understand how [the mayor] can support this bridge when air pollution in London is already failing both national and European standards.”

The tunnel will have a capacity of 2,400 vehicles an hour, in both directions

Construction should ease congestion of the existing Blackwall and Rotherhithe tunnels.

Details around costs and whether it will be tolled have not been released.

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