Further time needed for assessment of the air quality impact from the construction of the Silvertown Tunnel in east London has led to a further six month delay on the planning decision for the scheme.
The decision on the twin bore road tunnel was expected last month but a decision was postponed until 11 November after new evidence regarding the impact on air quality was presented but the Department for Transport has further delayed the decision.
The planned road tunnel would pass under the River Thames, providing a new connection between the A102 Blackwall Tunnel Southern Approach and the Tidal Basin roundabout junction on the A1020 Lower Lea Crossing, London.
Transport minister Paul Maynard said: “The deadline for the decision is to be extended to 10 May 2018 – an extension of six months – to enable further consideration of the effect of the scheme on air quality, including its compliance with the updated UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations published by government on 26 July this year.”
“The decision to set a new deadline is without prejudice to the decision on whether to give development consent.”