Campaigners urge Mayor to take action on Silvertown

Today the Stop the Silvertown Tunnel campaign is sending an Open Letter to Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London. Tomorrow (Tuesday 2nd November) he is taking part in an event organised by C40 Cities in Glasgow, at the COP 26 gathering, saying that this is “our last, big chance” to act on climate policy. The campaign’s letter urges him to take HIS last big chance to cancel the climate-trashing Silvertown Tunnel. 

The letter states, in part:

“The tunnel project would commit our great city to a transport future centred on cars and lorries,
when the climate emergency requires a rapid reduction in motor traffic in the next decade.

The tunnel project would commit human and financial resources, for decades, to subsidise
better-off car drivers and haulage companies, diverting those resources away from transport
policies to support lower-income families in London.

“The tunnel project would exacerbate the air pollution problem, especially in Newham, London’s
most-polluted borough, which has a high proportion of communities of colour and lowerincome families.

“Most seriously, given the global climate emergency, the tunnel project would – like all road
building projects – facilitate more traffic, and so add to London’s, and the world’s, greenhouse
gas emissions. It will add to unsustainable expansion of infrastructure, including a lorry park,
planned to be one of Europe’s biggest. This is impermissible: to prevent global heating, richcountry cities must be in the forefront of cutting emissions rapidly…

“The tunnel project has no social licence. In east and south-east London, Members of Parliament,
borough councillors, doctors’ and teachers’ organisations, transport workers’ trade unions and
most of public opinion oppose the tunnel. Last month, the regional conference of your own
party, the Labour Party, voted to oppose the project by a three-to-one margin.

“Dear Sadiq, please have the courage of your convictions. Don’t say the words about climate
change, without taking the bold actions that you urge others to take. Take your last big chance.
Cancel the Silvertown Tunnel, and divert the resources to rapid decarbonisation of transport in
London.”

Last month, Labour Hub reported on a new briefing by a group of organisations headed by Transport Action Network which calls for the cancellation of the Silvertown Tunnel project in east London, which is being pursued by the London Mayor and Greater London Authority.

You can  DOWNLOAD the letter as a pdf here, or as a png file here, and share.

Image: Silvertown Tunnel boreholes. Source:  geograph.org.uk. Author: Stephen Craven, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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