TfL bosses propose Blackwall Tunnel toll

By Rob Virtue on October 30, 2012 10:15 AM |

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The latest consultation into east London's needs for more river crossings has included a proposal to charge users of the Blackwall Tunnel.

Transport for London launched the second phase of its investigation on Monday, which looks at building a tunnel at Silvertown and placing a ferry system between Thamesmead and Beckton.

However, looking at the funding for the new crossings, TfL says there is no money set aside so the customer must foot the bill.

And the consultation adds if the Silvertown crossing is tolled then so must the existing Blackwall Tunnel.

It said: "Because the Silvertown Tunnel and the Blackwall Tunnel are located so close to one another and share common approach roads, if the Silvertown Tunnel is built and subject to tolling, the Blackwall Tunnel would also need to be tolled - otherwise there would be serious delays at the Blackwall Tunnel as so much traffic would wish to use it."

It added charges were likely to be similar to that of the Dartford Crossing, now set at £2 for cars and £5 for HGVs. However, the toll could vary depending on the time of day and the direction of travel.

However, TfL has insisted if it does decide to go for the toll option, no charges would be levied until Silvertown opens. It is not expected to be built until 2021.

Michele Dix, managing director of planning at TfL, said: "Tolling is one option suggested in the consultation as it would provide a new revenue stream to pay for the crossings. However this has not been decided.

"We want to hear people's views on the river crossing package proposals and how they might be funded. There would certainly be no tolling on the Blackwall Tunnel before the proposed Silvertown Crossing was completed, which would be 2021 at the very earliest."

The latest consultation will close on February 1, 2013, and the public can go to tfl.gov.uk/rivercrossings to give their views.