Silvertown Tunnel decision delayed

The Department for Transport has extended the decision deadline for the proposed Silvertown Tunnel.

The deadline for the decision on Transport for London’s (TfL) application is to be extended to 10 November 2017.

Paul Maynard, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, said this extension is to enable further consideration of the recent responses to the Secretary of Transport  consultations on the scheme which relate to the updated UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations published by government on 26 July 2017.

Maynard added the decision to set a new deadline is without prejudice to the decision on whether to give development consent. The Secretary of Transport received the examining authority’s report on Silvertown Tunnel on 11 July 2017 and the deadline for a decision was 11 October.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich submitted a late response on 11 October.

Last month the department sought comments on the responses to the letter to TfL published in August on the impact that the proposed development would have on air quality, following an updated UK Plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations.