Protesters against the Silvertown Tunnel have boarded a drilling rig on the Thames this morning.
Extinction Rebellion had previously announced protests in Greenwich Peninsula this weekend.
The group have called on Sadiq Khan to halt the £1.2 billion project. They state “Extinction Rebellion activists have boarded a drilling rig in the middle of the Thames at North Greenwich, which had begun preparatory work for the Silvertown tunnel. They have hung a banner saying No Toxic Tunnel. The Silvertown tunnel is a planned road tunnel underneath the Thames which will have capacity for HGVs, essentially creating a superhighway for highly polluting lorries all the way from the Channel Tunnel to distribution centres on either side of the river. Contrary to TfL claims, this WILL NOT ease congestion in the local area in the long run. The air in Greenwich and Newham is already polluted and people are dying as a result. The construction of the tunnel alone will emit 150,000 tonnes of CO2, which is totally at odds with the paris agreement.”