Silvertown Tunnel NSIP decision delayed by additional six months

A decision on plans for a new road tunnel in east London has been postponed by ministers for a second time 'to enable further consideration of the effect of the scheme on air quality' and will not now be issued until May 2018.

Silvertown tunnel: ministerial decision delayed again
Silvertown tunnel: ministerial decision delayed again

The Silvertown Tunnel proposal involves building a new road tunnel under the Thames between Blackwall and North Greenwich, and is designed to ease congestion on the existing Blackwall Tunnel.

An application for the scheme is being considered by the Planning Inspectorate under the fast-track development consent order regime for major infrastructure projects.

Under the regime, the three-month deadline for a ministerial decision on the tunnel, from the point the government received PINS' examination report on the application, was due on 11 October.

However, transport minister Paul Maynard announced then that the deadline for the decision was to be extended by one month to 10 November.

He said this was due to the consultation on the government’s air quality strategy, which was published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in July and aims to reduce levels of pollutant nitrogen dioxide.

But in a ministerial statement today, Maynard has announced a fresh six-month extension of the decision timetable.

Maynard said that the deadline is to be extended by six months to 10 May 2018 "to enable further consideration of the effect of the scheme on air quality".

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