Silvertown tunnel road network progresses

Work on the substantial road network set to serve the north of Silvertown tunnel has continue with tarmac now evident.

Its around four weeks since the last look on this site and once again the cable car presents  handy overview.

Tarmac is now down on part of the large roundabout set to be built near the tunnel mouth, as well as a new road connection to the Lower Lea Crossing.

In addition work is underway on Silvertown Way with the entire bridge currently closed to all traffic.

This render shows how the road network around the tunnel will eventually appear –

Road network around tunnel north of Thames. 

Note however that a control structure above the tunnel mouth has changed design. It’s also progressed a fair bit since last month.

The yellow circular structure sits atop a podium above both two-lane roads.

Looking down at tunnel

The DLR runs past the construction site and has seen plans over many years for a new station to serve thousands of homes.

Thames Wharf station has long been programmed into DLR announcements.

Thames Wharf potential station

Construction of the tunnel has hampered those new homes and station, and there’s still no confirmed funding for it.

While TfL have found almost £200 million of their own funds for the road tunnel (and on the hook for £2 billion construction costs) they claim to lack funds for a new DLR station stating –

“Government funding and/or a developer contribution would be required for Thames Wharf station to be implemented.  At present such funding is not available and as consequence TfL are not able to provide timescales for the implementation of Thames Wharf.”

Tunnel construction will last until 2025. A recent Transport for London report states a slight funding increase and delay with tunnel completion slipping into Q2 2025.


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