Labour Councillors in Lewisham have voiced their concerns about the proposed Silvertown Tunnel River Crossing in a motion at the Lewisham Council meeting yesterday.
The motion reaffirms Lewisham Labour’s commitment to the idea of a fixed river crossing linking south-east London and east London. But it voices serious concerns about the planned tunnel at Silvertown.
The concerns revolve around the concentration of crossings in the Greenwich peninsula that would lead to more traffic congestion on the current southern approaches to the Blackwall Tunnel, including stretches of the A2 and the South Circular, which would also act as the approach to the Silvertown Tunnel.
An increase in traffic congestion would likely to lead to more pollution and poorer air quality in this part of the borough, which would negatively affect the health of the local community. Poor air quality especially affects people with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, heart disease or angina; it can cause higher levels of asthma in children and prevent healthy lung development. We need to improve the air quality in Lewisham and tackle pollution, but the Silvertown Tunnel would risk making things worse.
In addition to increasing congestion and pollution, the Silvertown Tunnel does not include any crossing for pedestrians and cyclists. Lewisham Labour Group called on the Mayor of London to work on a plan that seeks to improve air quality and is open to all, rather than only to cars.