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Silvertown Tunnel decision delayed

Words: Laura Edgar
Paul Maynard | Chris Andrew

Transport minister Paul Maynard has announced that a decision on development consent order (DCO) to build a road under the River Thames in East London has been delayed by one month.

The application by Transport for London is going through the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) system.

There is a three-month deadline for ministerial decisions on such schemes from when the government received the Planning Inspectorate’s examination report.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling received the report on 11 July and a decision was due today (11 October).

Maynard announced that the deadline would be extended to 10 November 2017 to enable further consideration of responses to a consultation on the UK Government’s updated plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide, which was published in July.

“The decision to set a new deadline is without prejudice to the decision on whether to give development consent,” said Maynard.

The DCO would see a twin bore road tunnel built under the River Thames between Silvertown and north Greenwich.

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