Blackwall Tunnel TfL charge: Londoners have their say on toll coming with Silvertown Tunnel project

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LondonWorld asked east Londoners what they thought of the TfL toll being introduced at the Blackwall Tunnel.

While environmental opposition to the Silvertown Tunnel project continues, concerns have been raised by some about the Blackwall Tunnel charge that will come with it.

The Silvertown Tunnel is a major infrastructure project in east London, with mayor Sadiq Khan saying it is necessary due to congestion at the Blackwall Tunnel.

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It will provide an alternative Thames crossing between the Greenwich peninsula and the Royal Docks in Newham.

Once the Silvertown Tunnel opens - currently set for 2025 - Transport for London (TfL) will introduce tolls for motorists using both tunnels. The prices have yet to be decided.

The 24-hour Blackwall Tunnel, which connects Tower Hamlets to Greenwich, has always been free of charge, and LondonWorld asked people in Poplar what they think of the proposed charge.

Muhummad, Vlad and Lisa spoke to LondonWorld about the proposed Blackwall Tunnel toll. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP via Getty Images/LondonWorld)Muhummad, Vlad and Lisa spoke to LondonWorld about the proposed Blackwall Tunnel toll. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP via Getty Images/LondonWorld)
Muhummad, Vlad and Lisa spoke to LondonWorld about the proposed Blackwall Tunnel toll. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP via Getty Images/LondonWorld) | AFP via Getty Images

Lisa

Lisa said she understands the need to control traffic in the area, but that she feels the toll will unfairly penalise workers.

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“I can see why they want a toll because the traffic is ridiculous but if people need to use the tunnel, they need to use the tunnel,” she said.

“If they need to get to work and they can’t afford the toll charge, how are they going to get to work? What we need is more access.”

Vlad

Vlad told LondonWorld how important the introduction of this traffic management scheme is.

“I think it’s a good incentive to stop cars going through because with the Limehouse cut and Blackwall Tunnel, the air pollution in Tower Hamlets is ridiculously high,” he said.

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Muhummad

Muhummad said: “The Blackwall Tunnel itself - they’re going to make a lot of money for absolutely no reason...They should be focusing on expanding [London’s transport network] with the funding they have already.”

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