London Mayor: no noise barrier without Silvertown Tunnel

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has been criticised by local Conservatives after failing to commit to building a noise barrier along the A102, which would give greater protection from noise to residents of Siebert Road and Westcombe Hill in the Westcombe Park area.

The Mayor responded to a question by Andrew Boff, a London-wide Conservative member of the London Assembly, asking when the barrier would be built by saying that Transport for London had only committed to building the barrier if the proposed Silvertown tunnel is approved.

Local councillor Geoff Brighty, who represents Blackheath Westcombe ward, criticised the decision saying: "Residents and local councillors have been urging Transport for London (TfL) to take action for a long time. When I met with TfL, it acknowledged the problem that residents have with traffic noise but, despite continued lobbying, including from Greenwich Council, they say a barrier will only be built if the Silvertown Tunnel goes ahead.

“Residents need the issue addressed now and, regardless of whether Silvertown is built. The new London Mayor has signalled his support for the tunnel but has clearly failed to recognise the situation residents are in right now.”

Andrew’s response from the Mayor confirmed that surveys are taking place to assess the suitability of the site and existing highway structures that might accommodate the proposed environmental barriers. The Secretary of State’s decision on the Silvertown Tunnel scheme is expected in October 2017.