A number of protesters have jetwashed a message against the Silvertown tunnel on an embankment on the northern side of the Thames.
The action came as piling work for the tunnel continued on land to the north.
Work on the tunnel in this area will potentially hold up plans for housing and a new DLR station approved last year.
Both main candidates in the forthcoming mayoral election support the tunnel which TfL and Sadiq Khan state will reduce congestion.
However opponents state it will do the reverse – and TfL’s own modelling data backs that up, with morning northbound queues from Greenwich improving but afternoon southbound queues through the borough towards Kent due to worsen, as two tunnels’ worth of traffic converge on the existing road network. That modelling was also conducted before the numbers of new homes at major plots running near the A102 and A2 were expanded at Kidbrooke Village and Greenwich Peninsula.
One thing I’ve been keeping an eye on this week is whether those afternoon tailbacks return again as the economy opens back up. The past two days have seen it – and many schools are not yet back. These tailbacks towards Kent have been the case for some years now.
The A102 and A2 are lined with TfL cameras which offer a glimpse into tailbacks. They have stretched from Falconwood back to Greenwich through Kidbrooke and Blackheath.
Candidates that oppose include the Greens and Lib Dems.
Greenwich peninsula has seen numerous trees cut down in recent months. In total more than 120 will be removed. In addition, an area planned for new housing is now a new coach and car park.
The tunnel’s cost is now £2.2 billion. TfL are to pay £200 million – despite their current financial problems – with £2 billion borrowed by Riverlinx who will construct and operate the tunnel, which will be paid back through tolls to Blackwall and Silvertown tunnels to recoup costs. In order to do this, a certain level of traffic must be met.