New test for Silvertown Tunnel

Transport for London (TfL) has been requested to use a new tool launched this week to assess the air quality impact of the Silvertown Tunnel.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has requested TfL update the air quality assessment relating to the planning application for the project following the publication of new modelling tools by the government. The deadline for any response is 13 December.

In a letter to TfL, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has asked TfL to update “the air quality assessment relating to the above application, based on the latest available emissions evidence and modelling tools; provide an update to its assessment of the impact the proposed Silvertown Tunnel development would have on meeting the proposals in the Zone Plan for the Greater London Urban area and; provide details of any further mitigation measures considered necessary to address any significant impacts on air quality that the proposed Silvertown Tunnel development would have on meeting the proposals in the Zone Plan for the Greater London Urban area”.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs launched the Emission Factor Toolkit (EFT) Version 8 on Monday.  

Last week, the DfT announced the deadline for the decision on the development consent order for the Silvertown Tunnel is to be extended to 10 May 2018.