Green groups accuse Sadiq Khan of betrayal over east London tunnel
Critics of £1bn Silvertown tunnel highlight pollution risk and say mayor of London was against idea during election campaign
Tuesday 4 October 2016 13.20
London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has angered green campaigners by approving a controversial four-lane road tunnel in east London.
Critics of the £1bn Silvertown tunnel linking the Greenwich peninsula and the Royal Dock accused Khan of betrayal when he announced the go-ahead for a modified version of the plan on Tuesday. They suggested he was against the idea during his election campaign.
Khan said the latest plans for the tunnel had a “greener focus”, including a proposal for ferrying cyclists and their bikes through the tunnel by bus.
But Caroline Russell, the Green party London assembly member, said the tunnel would lead to more pollution and congestion. She also dismissed attempts to improve environmental credentials of the project as tokenistic. She said: “New roads attract new traffic, pollute the air and are incredibly expensive so it’s extremely disappointing that the mayor is pushing ahead with the damaging Silvertown tunnel.”