Plans for the new East London River Thames Crossing at Silvertown have been approved by the Department for Transport, which has granted Transport for London a Development Consent Order.

Responding to this announcement, the National Infrastructure Commission said:

“The Silvertown Tunnel is essential if we are to tackle congestion, and continue to support the development of east London.

“Today’s decision will at last bring certainty for communities and businesses in the area, and means work can start as early as next year to get this much-needed extra Thames crossing in place.”

In its post-election statement in June 2017, the Commission identified the Silvertown Tunnel crossing as one of twelve infrastructure priorities for the Government.