The Development Consent Order for the Silvertown Tunnel has been approved by a Statutory Instrument (No 574). The Silvertown Tunnel Order 2018 was made on the 10th May 2018 and comes into force on the 31st May 2018. The decision was delayed for six months to take into account additional measures for air quality.
The consent order, found on the Planning Inspectorate Website allows for 21 separate items of work including:
- Construction of a twin bore highway tunnel for a length of 1,440 metres from a portal on the Greenwich peninsula.
- Improvement of the existing two-lane A102 Blackwall Tunnel southern approach. southbound carriageway over a length of 595 metres from a point 260 metres south of the existing Blackwall Tunnel Southbound South Portal to a point 20 metres south of the existing gantry on the existing slip road.
- Improvement of the existing two-lane A102 Blackwall Tunnel southern approach northbound carriageway over a length of 500m.
- Improvement of the existing Tunnel Avenue from a point 65 metres south of a point level with the junction of the existing Tunnel Avenue with Morden Wharf Road.
- Construction of a new two-lane carriageway over a length of 150 metres forming the southern approach northbound carriage, and construction of new two lane carriageway for 160m forming the southbound carriageway.
- Improvement of 45 metres of the A102 Blackwall Tunnel southern approach southbound carriageway two-lane diverge slip road leading to the existing Millennium Way.
- Construction of a new cross-over between the northbound and southbound carriageways of the improved A102 Blackwall Tunnel southern approach.
- Construction of a new bus-only carriageway linking the existing A102 Blackwall Tunnel southern approach southbound carriageway.
- Improvement of the existing Pavilion Lane to provide a new bus-only carriageway,
- Construction of a new Boord Street foot and cycle bridge to provide access for non-motorised users across the A102 Blackwall Tunnel.
- Works associated with the construction of a Silvertown Tunnel services compound on the north and south portal.
- Construction of a replacement gas pressure reduction station.
- Permanent diversion of statutory undertakers’ apparatus and works associated with such diversions, located in Boord Street and Millennium Way.
- Construction of the new Silvertown Tunnel northern approach
- Improvement of the existing Tidal Basin Roundabout for a length of 415 metres,
- Construction of Dock Road on a new alignment.
- Improvement to the existing Tidal Basin Road to include resurfacing works to the existing Tidal Basin Road.
- Construction and subsequent removal of a temporary jetty for transportation of materials to Royal Victoria Dock.
- Dredging and mooring works.
The order allows TFL to construct, operate and maintain the Silvertown Tunnel. The Order would permit Transport for London to acquire, compulsorily or by agreement, land and rights in land and to use land for this purpose. The Order also includes provisions in relation to the operation of the existing Blackwall Tunnel regarding speed limits, penalty charges and byelaws. The order also allows for the implementation of user charging at both tunnels.