So, they’re digging a tunnel – what shall we do with it?
A summer day of events at City Hall from Green AM, Sian Berry
Children, parents and guardians event: Thursday 11 Aug 2022 09:30-11.30
What would you put in a giant tunnel under the Thames? Use your creativity and join us for a breakfast session to reimagine the Silvertown Road Tunnel as a space for good, green, clean transport. (Or something else entirely!)
🚧 The Mayor of London has refused to cancel the Silvertown Road Tunnel, and now the digging machines are starting to dig.
⛔ You can’t reverse a giant tunnel boring machine – they have to go all the way through to the other side, so whatever happens next, we’re getting at least one new tunnel under the Thames.
💡 BUT, there are many better ways to use a tunnel like this than for a big, polluting road!
Green Assembly Member, Sian Berry, is hosting a day of workshops on 11 August 2022 to reimagine London’s biggest infrastructure project and come up with better ideas, starting with a session exclusively for children and families.
Parents and guardians are invited to register for our practical and interactive morning workshop at the brand new City Hall. With your children, you’ll be able to use our scale model and materials to design better uses for the long, 12-metre wide space under the river.
Could it hold a new train or tram, become a vast cycling and walking space, or could it host the world’s longest swimming lane, bat sanctuary, ice rink or adventure playground?
Let your imaginations run wild, with juice and breakfast snacks provided, plus coffee and tea for parents and guardians.
Register your interest here and a link to sign up to the event will follow – places are very limited. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/register-interest-so-theyre-digging-a-tunnel-what-shall-we-do-with-it-tickets-375179811917
So, they are digging a tunnel – what shall we do with it? Will take place on the ground floor of new City Hall.
City Hall is a fully accessible building near the ExCeL Centre, you can reach it from the DLR station Royal Victoria (has lifts), Elizabeth Line Custom House (lifts and 15 minute walk), or the cable car (bikes free before 9.30am).
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The Stop the Silvertown Tunnel coalition invites you to a
The Stop the Silvertown Tunnel coalition invites you to a
to explore the potential ill effects on air quality, and on local people’s health, of the proposed Silvertown Tunnel scheme
Saturday 11 June, 12.30pm – 4.00pm
Royal Wharf Community Dock, 2 Harrison Square, Royal Wharf, London E16 2ZA
All welcome, in person or on line. Please register https://bit.ly/stopsilvertown
■ Discussions to be opened by Dr Ian Mudway (School of Public Health, Imperial College), Rokhsana Fiaz (Mayor of Newham), John Whitelegg (Professor in Sustainable Development, Liverpool John Moore’s University), local health practitioners and campaigners
■ We will appeal urgently to the Mayor of London to pause and review the Silvertown tunnel project, and to produce a Health Impact Assessment on it taking into account the following:
□ The Silvertown Tunnel threatens to add up to 30% more cars, vans and HGVs on the A12/A13/A102/A2 corridor, producing massive increases in pollution and carbon emissions.
□ Transport for London has never done any pollution analysis or health analysis for this scenario, which would disproportionately impact low-income families and black, Asian and other ethnic minorities.
□ This project would not only add to the dire situation with air pollution in east and south-east London, it would also make it impossible for London to meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, and add to the health problems caused globally by climate change.
□ Transport for London claims future London Mayors will toll both the Blackwall and Silvertown Tunnels to keep traffic levels down – but they are not legally obliged to, and in any case the tolls might not be effective.
■ Contact email@example.com / stopsilvertowntn.com / @SilvertownTn
Go here to register: https://bit.ly/stopsilvertown
WEEK OF ACTION AGAINST THE TUNNEL PROJECT 20-26 February
Thursday 17 February
2.0pm, meet at entrance to Beckton ASDA, near DLR Beckton. Organised by Newham Stop the Silvertown Tunnel coalition
Friday 18 February
Teach-in on “Know the London Climate Struggles: Stop Silvertown Tunnel”, with UCU members on strike at Queen Mary University of London
10.0am-12.0pm, Main Gate, QMUL, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
Monday 21 February
Teach-out on “Stop the Silvertown Tunnel – Climate Justice Now!”, with UCU members on strike to support demands on pay and conditions
11.0am-12.0pm, Bartlett School of Architecture, 22 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AY.
Organised by the University and College Union, University College London
Wednesday 23 February
Mass leafletting of Silvertown, including the schools
3.0pm, meet outside Britannia Village School, London E16 1TU
Thursday 24 February
Health workers will hand in a letter to Mayor Sadiq Khan, demanding that he cancels the tunnel and invests in active and public transport
8.15am, City Hall, Crystal Building, London E16 1ZE
Organised by local health workers
Thursday 24 February
Lobby Greenwich council (full meeting). We have asked the council to receive a deputation from our coalition
6.30pm-7.0pm, Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW
Saturday 26 February
MARCH – “Stop the Silvertown Tunnel! Climate Justice Now”
2.0pm, City Hall, Crystal Building, London E16 1ZE
Followed by a rally and street theatre – a family-friendly day
Organised by the Stop the Silvertown Tunnel coalition
Supported by: Campaign Against Climate Change – COP 26 Coalition – Ella Roberta Family Foundation – Fossil Free London – Green Party London – London Cycling Campaign – Mums for Lungs – Rail, Maritime and Transport Union, London transport region – Socialist Health Association – Tipping Point – Trades Union Congress, London, East and South East
Climate Action Lewisham – COP26 Coalition Enfield & Haringey – Eltham Enviros – Enfield People’s Theatre – Extinction Rebellion Greenwich – Extinction Rebellion Hackney – Extinction Rebellion Newham – Extinction Rebellion Tower Hamlets – Feminist Fightback – Fossil Free Newham – Future Transport London – Gasworks Communities United – Green Anticapitalist Front – Health for a Green New Deal campaign – Labour for a Green New Deal (South East London) – Medact – National Education Union, Greenwich Branch – National Education Union, Newham Branch – Newham Trades Council – People Before Profit Enfield – Plan C London – Speak Out Woolwich – Stand up to Racism Enfield – Stand up to Racism Haringey – Stand Up to Racism Newham – Stand Up to Racism Waltham Forest – Sustainable Hackney – Unite, Croydon retired members branch – Unite, East London Community branch – Unite London Digital & Tech Branch LE7098/L – University and Colleges Union, Adult Learning Lewisham branch – University and Colleges Union, London Regional Further Education Group –Communist Party (South East London) – Green Group, City Hall – Green Party Greenwich and Bexley – Green Party Lewisham – Green Party Newham – Labour Party Hackney South & Shoreditch Constituency – Momentum Camden – Momentum Greenwich – Newham Socialist Labour
The Campaign to save Oxleas Wood, a retrospective on a previous campaign:
Click here to see the programme for above event (updated 1500 21/01/22).
Support Greenwich councillors who are calling the tunnel project to be paused and reviewed
On Thursday 9 December, the Transport, Regeneration and Culture Scrutiny Panel of the borough urged: “(1) that the Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG) calls for Silvertown Tunnel construction to be paused pending a review to take account of the Climate Emergency, Borough Carbon Neutral Plans and (2) that RBG joins with neighbouring Boroughs to seek definitive legal advice on the ability of future mayors to reduce or scrap user charges.”
As a coalition, we welcome the Scrutiny Panel’s decision. We asked to address the council Cabinet about it (as a full council meeting was cancelled due to coronavirus), and that was refused. So last week we wrote to all Greenwich councillors, asking them to make sure this issue is discussed at full council, and that they vote in favour of “pause and review” when it does. Our letter is attached.
This is an important battle. If Greenwich calls for “pause and review”, that would be hard for the Mayor of London to ignore. So …
□ If you live in Greenwich, please contact your councillor urgently, and ask him/her for a commitment to support “pause and review”. Get friends to do the same.
□ If you live in Newham, Hackney, Southwark or Lewisham (who have all opposed the tunnel formally, but not all lobbied the Mayor that hard), urge your councillors to add their voices to those of the Greenwich Scrutiny Panel, to help force the Mayor to listen.
□ If you live in any other borough in London, urge your councillors to pass similar policies. The damage done to London’s transport policy as a whole, by the tunnel project sucking up resources while public transport cuts are implemented, affects all boroughs directly.
To: Community groups, trade unions, students, teachers, air pollution and climate campaigners, and all Londoners – Join our fight to MEETING on Saturday 22 January, 2022
HOW TO STOP THE SILVERTOWN TUNNEL
Sat 22 Jan, 11.0 am-2.30pm, on line (zoom) and at the Waterloo Action Centre
14 Baylis Road, London, SE1 7AA (2 mins walk from Waterloo rail and underground stations)
We will discuss how to oppose the Silvertown Tunnel project with
■ Community action ■ Workplace and union action ■ Direct action
The Mayor of London is planning to build the Silvertown Tunnel, a four-lane road tunnel, a few metres east of the Blackwall Tunnel. The project would push more road traffic through Newham and Greenwich.
■ LOCAL: the tunnel would exacerbate air pollution problems in Newham, already one of the country’s worst-polluted boroughs, and Greenwich. Parents are already moving their children out of local schools for fear of the fumes.
■ GLOBAL: the tunnel, like all big road building projects, would boost greenhouse gas emissions and add to the climate emergency.
■ THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES: the tunnel would cost £2 billion+, that could be spent on public transport, bike lanes and other projects to make our city cleaner, better to live in and easier to travel in. We need projects for local people, not for haulage companies, City Airport and other businesses.
The Stop the Silvertown Tunnel coalition includes community groups, environmentalists, trade unions, political groups and residents of Newham and Greenwich. We have lobbied City Hall and written letters for three years. An earlier campaign group worked for SIX years before that!
Doctors, teachers, climate scientists, transport experts, MPs and councillors have all urged the Mayor to cancel the project.
Power is not listening!
The politicians at the COP 26 talks in Glasgow in November responded to the climate emergency with “build back better blah blah blah”. The Mayor and his colleagues are doing the same.
So we intend to step up our campaign – beyond Greenwich and Newham, across London.
Time is short. In April 2022, the tunnel-boring machine will be transported to London from Germany, where it is being built.
To step up our campaign we have launched a £2,000 Fighting Fund on JustGiving. Please donate! This is for hall hire, flyers and publicity, legal and other expenses. (We will make our accounts public.)
■ Donate to our Fighting Fund at JUST GIVING LINK
PLUS … ACTIONS IN DECEMBER
Saturday 4 December, 12.00 midday-2.0pm Rathbone market, Canning Town, London E16 1EH. Day of Action against the tunnel project, supported by the Newham branch of the NEU teachers’ union.
Monday 6 December, 19.00 SSTC organising zoom call. See above.
Tuesday 7 December, 19.00 (To be confirmed.) Transport for London’s Public Community Liaison Group on the tunnel project, open to Greenwich residents, businesses and elected representatives, at the town hall, Woolwich.
Thursday 9 December, 19.00 Meeting of the Greenwich council Transport and Regeneration Scrutiny Panel, town hall, Woolwich. We will lobby panel members from 18.30.
Saturday 11 December, 12.00 midday Wood Green, outside Vue Cinema. “Die in” protest against the Edmonton Incinerator. We hope to give our support to this action against another project that is damaging to local residents and damaging ecologically.
Wednesday 15 December, 19.00 Meeting of full Greenwich council, town hall, Woolwich. We will lobby councillors from 18.30.
Thursday 16 December, 10.00 am. Mayor’s Question Time. The old Fire Brigade headquarters, 169 Union Street, London, SE1 0LL
Click here to download a PDF of the above for sharing.
5 November 2021
Today a banner appeared on the A13, saying Stop the Silvertown Tunnel.
1 November 2021
Today we are sending an Open Letter to Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London. Tomorrow (Tuesday 2 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. Our letter urges him to take HIS last big chance to cancel the climate-trashing Silvertown Tunnel. Please DOWNLOAD the letter as a pdf here, or as a png file here, and share!
A new Briefing about the Silvertown Tunnel was published by the Transport Action Network on 6 October. It includes responses to the claims made by City Hall on the issue. Please circulate widely.
The arguments about the tunnel project will be discussed at a public seminar on Thursday at the University of Greenwich. It’s open to all. Sign up here.
Thursday 07 October, 7.0pm
COP26 : is the Silvertown tunnel compatible with London’s climate agenda? This is a hybrid online & physical event, to attend please register using the eventbrite page linked there. Everyone is welcome in person and does not need to be a member of the university to attend.
Sunday 27 June, 5.0pm
Sustainable transport, yes. Silvertown tunnel, no (Click here for a flyer)
On-line discussion – Panel including Rebecca Lush (Transport Action Network); Simon Pirani (energy researcher, honorary professor at University of Durham); Izzet Hickmet (National Education Union / Labour for a Green New Deal); Sian Berry (London Assembly member, Green party); and Ruth Fitzharris (Mums for Lungs). Plenty of time for you to make points and ask questions
To cut carbon emissions fast enough, and to make our city a better place to live, London needs a sustainable transport policy based on public transport, plus support for cycling, walking and other zero-carbon modes. A good start would be to scrap the £2 billion + Silvertown tunnel project, which will produce more car and HGV traffic. Let’s work together for a zero-carbon transport system
A Stop the Silvertown Tunnel coalition event, part of London Climate Action Week
You need to register in advance, for free, for this event:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
□ Football fans please note. It is possible, but not very likely, that England will be involved in a game to be played at 5.0pm on Sunday 27 June. If that happens, this event will be rearranged for later in the evening.
□ More information about London Climate Action Week here. https://www.londonclimateactionweek.org/
05/06/2021 Click here to read our report on the march and view the gallery of images.
04/06/21 A letter sent to the London Sustainable Development Commission secretariat and commission members.
Our JustGiving appeal, please donate if you can.
We held a public webinar on Friday 4 December, 11.0am-12.15pm. A panel of expert speakers put the case for cancelling the tunnel, and a second panel of leading London politicians discussed better ways forward for transport in the capital.
Please Click Here to see our form letter to send to your local councillor, MP or GLA member. The page also includes help for finding their contact details. (31/10/2020)
NEW PRESS RELEASE (07/10/2020)
New flyer! Click here to view/download. (04/10/2020)
We are very pleased to share this new report calling for an urgent rethink on the Silvertown Tunnel.
– This report is published by the Transport Action Network, Stop the Silvertown Tunnel Coalition, Speak Out Woolwich and Extinction Rebellion Greenwich
– The report was drafted by Simon Pirani, author of Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption (2018) and Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
The New Economics Foundation, trade union and environmental campaign groups, prominent climate and transport experts are supportive of the report’s conclusions:
We recommend to the GLA and the Mayor of London:
– The Silvertown tunnel project should be cancelled, and the financial, management and other resources freed up directed primarily to projects that support reducing the number of trips required, and modal shift;
– Review and amend the modelling used for the London Environment Strategy, using a range of alternative tools, including the SCATTER tool developed by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Research;
– Review the London Environment Strategy in the light of these models;
– Review the Mayor’s Transport Strategy with a view to redirecting resources towards reducing the number of trips and modal shift, rather than reliance on electric, hydrogen and hybrid vehicles to achieve decarbonisation.
To local communities, campaign groups and political parties:
– Continue to campaign for the cancellation of the tunnel project, and for the re- direction of resources to policies that will effectively tackle global warming.
Please visit this page on the Transport Action Network to read the full report.