Campaigners however, welcomed the delay. Bridget Fox, sustainable transport campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said: “We welcome the chance for a rethink, we believe that building a major highway through densely populated east London is incompatible with achieving minimum air quality standards and hope the secretary of state and mayor of London will see sense and drop these damaging plans. “Instead, the billions that the road tunnel would cost could be better spent delivering the mayor's positive vision of healthy streets and high quality public transport.”
Progressing with the Silvertown Tunnel will provide significant benefits for London, supporting jobs and growth in East London, and tackling a major area of congestion. TfL and the mayor are also determined to ensure the Silvertown Tunnel doesn’t have a detrimental impact on our environment. That’s why the plans have such a focus on cleaner public transport, with only buses with the highest emission standards using the tunnel and significant investment in pedestrian and cycling improvements in the area.