An update covering forthcoming stages of construction for the Silvertown tunnel in Greenwich has been submitted.
A document within the application also highlights that all movements of excavated material by barge ceased in July 2022 in Greenwich with lorries now the sole means to remove material south of the river.
The application states Murphy’s Wharf on Greenwich Peninsula was in use but “for a variety of reasons, including commercial viability, the use of the wharf by the project ceased in July 2022”.
A list shows work set to be undertaken in coming months and years, with the below image offering an overview.
A big deal was made of removing materials via the river – though this now only applies north of the Thames.
Use of barges lasted less than a year in Greenwich: “Since the use of the wharf commenced in September 2021 to July 2022, approximately 87,691 tonnes of excavated material have been successfully transported by barge, which is approximately 44% of all material arising in Greenwich.”
With that now over, a timescale of upcoming works show HGVs used to remove material in Greenwich will peak at 10,000 in Q3 2023, which is 167 per day. That’s an increase from 9,000 in Q2 2023 at 150 lorry movements per day.
Use of barges in Greenwich came quite late in the project and was not initially part of the plan.
Much like when the tunnel opens and traffic from two tunnels will immediately converge onto the same road network in Greenwich – which isn’t happening over the Thames – the south of the river appears get the worse deal.
Traffic from the Blackwall tunnel alone results in miles of queues each afternoon and evening for Kent-bound cars and lorries. Another tunnel’s worth of traffic will be added to the rear of the existing queue.
Visible changes coming soon as part of Silvertown tunnel work includes the demolition of a footbridge over the A102.
A replacement is to be installed.
A temporary bridge is also to be built at Millennium Way from March 2023:
“As the cut and cover section of the tunnel is located beneath Millennium Way, a temporary bridge is being installed on the highway for the duration of the cut and cover works.
Site preparation works will involve the installation of a temporary overpump to divert the existing sewer, site clearance and UXO surveys, The installation of the bridge structure will require piling and the construction of abutments and once the structure has been installed, the tie ins to the existing road.
The bridge will be in place until Q4 of 2024 when Millennium Way highway, footpath and cycleway will be reinstated.”
Work to also divert the A102 southbound onto an overbridge is set to begin in Q3 2023.
The application also includes an image showing the final 2025 road layout in the area.
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