Boris gets river crossing backing
The Government has thrown its weight behind proposals for a tunnel at Silvertown to ease congestion on the streets of east and south-east London.
Transport Secretary Justine Greening designated the cross-river scheme a nationally significant infrastructure project.
Mayor Boris Johnson, who applied for the order, said the backing would reduce the red tape needed for the tunnel and make it more likely to be open by the target of 2021.
"This decision is a major step forward for the Silvertown Tunnel, an important new Thames River crossing which would reduce congestion and boost economic growth in this important development area of London," said the Mayor.
"I welcome the Secretary of State's decision, which recognises the need for continued investment and the important role played by London's transport network in supporting economic development and growth, in the capital and right across the UK."
Transport for London is currently working on designs for the tunnel, which will link Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks, and will consult on the proposals later this year.