Consultation response: Silvertown Tunnel bus network

We have responded to TfL’s consultation for its initial proposals for the Silvertown Tunnel bus network.

We oppose the Tunnel in general, and also specifically oppose these proposals.

They do not provide anything like a sufficient bus network to mitigate the effects of opening a new urban motorway funnelling traffic into Newham—only one of the new bus routes even serves Newham, and the other is an express from south east London to Canary Wharf.

We would like to see the Tunnel re-tooled as a crossing only for a more substantial public transport network, along with walking and cycling—for which 24/7 step-free links east of Tower Bridge are desperately needed but currently sorely lacking. The mooted cycle-bus trial is also missing from the consultation—so with the Silvertown Tunnel, active travel modes get absolutely nothing.

The consultation is open until tomorrow (11th Jan.) We encourage locals in Newham and beyond to respond with their own views.