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Public consultation for new Thames crossing is underway

Public consultation on the proposed Silvertown Tunnel began last month. The new road link beneath the Thames would connect the Greenwich Peninsula with the Royal Docks, two of the mayor of London’s “opportunity areas” for new homes and development.

Transport for London aims to apply to the government for approval to build the tunnel by December 2015. The project has been designated a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP).

If approved, construction could start in 2017 and take four years to complete at an estimated cost of around £750M.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “The Silvertown Tunnel would provide a vital new link beneath the Thames from two of our city’s great opportunity areas for new homes and jobs – Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks. It has quite rightly been classified by the government as a project of national significance.”

Michèle Dix, TfL’s managing director of planning, said: “These detailed plans for the Silvertown Tunnel are the next step in delivering a series of crossings that will keep London moving. The consultation is an opportunity to find out more about the design of the tunnel, how it will be used and the benefits and impacts of this new crossing.”

The public consultation will run until 19 December 2014. A report on the findings of the consultation will be presented to the mayor of London in spring 2015.

A further consultation is planned for early summer 2015 ahead of the submission of an application for a Development Consent Order by the end of 2015.

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