A consortium constructing the Silvertown Tunnel have submitted a new planning application which suggests more trees will be felled beyond those already approved.
Riverlinx have submitted a document regarding: “Requirement 6 (Landscaping Scheme) under Schedule 2 of The Silvertown Tunnel Order 2018 as it relates to additional tree removal for the construction phase of the scheme only“.
In 2019 plans were submitted to cut down 19 trees which were approved in January 2020. I covered the proposal which can be seen here. Now it appears more will go with over 100 to be removed.
The tunnel is due to open in 2025 and according to traffic estimates will lead to additional congestion across much of Greenwich borough, with junctions on the A2 at Kidbrooke and Eltham some of the worst hit alongside the A20.
Those forecasts were drew up before increases in housing were approved, such as 6,000 additional homes near the tunnel in Greenwich Peninsula.
Greenwich council have never opposed the tunnel and only requested a pause just before Sadiq Khan was to decide to proceed. He ignored the council and authorised the project which has seen costs grow to £2 billion. A later attempt by Hackney Council to oppose was rejected by Greenwich Council’s leadership. Newham Council over the Thames does now oppose the project.
Click here to view the new tree removal plan including details of trees to come down.