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Silvertown tunnel decision deferred

Concerns over air pollution issues have resulted in the decision over planning approval for London’s Silvertown tunnel being delayed by a month.

Secretary of state for transport Chris Grayling was expected to approve or cancel the project today but an announcement from the Department for Transport has said that a decision will not be announced until 10 November.

The new twin bore tunnel would pass under the River Thames to connect the Blackwall Tunnel southern approach with the Lower Lea Crossing to the north of the river.

DfT said in a statement: “This extension is to enable further consideration of the recent responses to the Secretary of State consultations on the scheme which relate to the updated UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations published by government on 26 July 2017.

“The decision to set a new deadline is without prejudice to the decision on whether to give development consent.”

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