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Stirling Prize winner picked for £1.2bn Silvertown Tunnel project


An Australian consultant to oil companies on filling station network planning who spent the first day (a Sunday) of his first visit to this country exploring the M25 came back convinced that the more roads you build the more traffic you'll create. Although this might happen even if the seemingly endless pressure for development around London takes a massive 'breather' - or even backtracks - and TfL's statement about the justification for this project reads as very complacent, in the current circumstances. TfL is not only stuck with enormous financial and programming problems with the first 'crossrail' project (who knows how the second will pan out?), it was exposed during the garden bridge affair as capable of being a great deal less than squeaky clean in its management of public funds (to put it politely) and needs to pause further work on this tunnel project if it wants to avoid another scandal. Caroline Pidgeon is right.

Posted date

5 May, 2020

Posted time

10:45 am