Pollution in SE7: Silvertown Tunnel public meeting tomorrow

Silvertown Tunnel public meeting, 16 October
You may have heard about London mayor Boris Johnson’s proposals to build a new Silvertown Tunnel – effectively a third Blackwall Tunnel – between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks. It’s likely this would attract more traffic to the area, making Charlton’s roads even more polluted.

During the summer, a couple of the Charlton Champion’s contributors took part in an air pollution monitoring study. The results are worrying – with EU air quality limits being broken on both Woolwich Road and Charlton Road, and with levels at Fossdene School only just under the limit.

There’s a public meeting tomorrow at 7pm at the Forum at Greenwich, Trafalgar Road, London SE10 9EQ. Speakers are transport consultant John Elliott, the Campaign for Better Transport’s Sian Berry, King’s College London air quality expert Dr Ian Mudway and Clean Air London’s Simon Birkett. If you can, please come along and find out why the tunnel’s a bad idea for drivers, and a bad idea for Charlton reisidents.

There’s more about the study on the No to Silvertown Tunnel website, and extra details and opinion over at 853.

About Darryl Chamberlain

Journalist, SE Londoner.
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4 Responses to Pollution in SE7: Silvertown Tunnel public meeting tomorrow

  1. emmashaw says:

    I can see how it might make it worse. However, what is going to be done about the current situation? The roads are always jammed packed, we are always being delayed on the bus to North Greenwich tube because the traffic is so bad. If the tunnel is to be opposed then surely some alternatives need to be found. Surely sitting traffic is no better. It’s only going to get worse since more housing is introduced.

  2. maryorelse says:

    Emma is quite right – and we should be looking at transport improvements in the area. A big opportunity was lost when the Jubilee Line was built and all those transport experts then working for – I think at that stage it was the Government Office for London in the late 1980s – didn’t find it was even thinkable to extend the line up to Charlton or Westcombe Park. Think about it – and all the possibilities it would have created in movement around London, and cut car use at the same time.

    • Darryl says:

      An early Jubilee Line plan had it terminating at Westcombe Park.

      Lewisham Council recently commissioned a study into Bakerloo Line extensions, one option was to have a route to Charlton. It’s perfectly feasible, but Greenwich Council has ignored it.

  3. David Gardner says:

    Congratulations to the team that have been monitoring air quality in Charlton and elsewhere; bringing nitrogen dioxide levels within EU limits must be a top priority – and with London’s growing population this means rethinking and reducing our road space; giving priority to pedestrians first; cyclists second; buses third and essential delivery/business vehicles next. Locally, we must campaign to downgrade Woolwich Road between the Angerstein and Antigallican; for the cycle superhighway and to turn Greenwich outside the bus routes, as far as possible, into “home zones” where cars are access only for people to park; with streets reclaimed for people so neighbours are out talking to each other and children playing in the street in safety. Increased neighbourliness, reducing crime, improving public health and strengthening our communities. And people will be less likely to just get in their car – and far more likely to walk or even get on their bike. We just can’t go on living in a soup of pollution.

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