Controversial plans for London tunnel threatened with legal challenge

Environmental campaigners have threatened to take London mayor Sadiq Khan to court over plans to approve the construction of a new road tunnel in the east of the capital.

Transport for London (TfL) is expected to give the project the green light within a matter of weeks, with the mayor’s office saying that it is essential. 

However, the Stop Silvertown Tunnel coalition has warned it will apply for a judicial review if the project is approved, arguing that the modelling shows an increase in traffic in the areas surrounding the tunnel mouth.

“We very much hope that rather than taking the severe risk of wasting public money moving forward with a scheme that will be very expensive to cancel once the constructors start work, you will instead ask TfL to provide the full analysis that they should have done years ago, and review the scheme on the basis of complete and up-to-date information,” the campaigners warn in a letter to Khan’s office. 

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