Mayor Sadiq Khan is pushing ahead with construction plans for the Silvertown Tunnel in London’s East End after campaigners called for it to be scrapped on environmental grounds.
London financial paper City AM reports construction of the £2bn is underway and will continue, with completion set for 2025.
It will connect the Royal Docks precinct and Greenwich peninsula, and should reduce congestion at the Blackwall Tunnel and improve the reliability and of the wider road network, as well as improving cross-river bus journeys.
The paper adds that the plans have sparked criticism from environmental campaigners, who have lobbied accusations of hypocritical behaviour at Sadiq Khan. They accuse him of undermining his own efforts to tackle air pollution by authorising infrastructure that will increase fuel emissions.