Blackwall Tunnel to Experience Partial Closures on Three Weekends for Silvertown Tunnel Construction

Blackwall Tunnel to Experience Partial Closures on Three Weekends for Silvertown Tunnel Construction

Blackwall Tunnel to Experience Partial Closures on Three Weekends for Silvertown Tunnel Works

Over the course of the next three weekends, the Blackwall Tunnel will be partially closed as construction work for the new Silvertown Tunnel commences. As announced by Transport for London (TFL), the first closure will occur this coming weekend of February 24th to 25th, followed by closures on March 16th to 18th and April 13th to 15th.

During these closures, the southbound tunnel will be closed from 12:01 am on Saturday until 5 am on the following Monday. The closures are necessary to implement the road configuration for the new Silvertown Tunnel, which is set to open in 2025. This new tunnel will provide a public transport-oriented river crossing with zero-emission bus links across the Thames. It will also be within the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and will require a user charge, but it is expected to reduce congestion and improve the reliability and resilience of the Blackwall Tunnel. This, in turn, will lead to improved air quality in the local area, according to TfL.

Drivers are advised to plan their routes in advance and check for any potential traffic impacts or restrictions before traveling. Those driving HGVs or vans over two meters in height or weighing more than two tonnes are encouraged to consider alternative routes away from central London during the affected weekends.

TfL’s Carl Eddleston assures that they are doing everything possible to limit potential disruption and complete the essential works as quickly as possible. He also reminds drivers that a northbound route through the Blackwall Tunnel will be maintained throughout the closures.

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