A new virtual public exhibition about the Silvertown Tunnel project has launched today on the Riverlinx website.

It includes new CGI images showing what the fully accessible walking and cycling bridge across the A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach Road will look like once complete. The new bridge has been designed to provide a safe and easily accessible crossing for those walking and cycling through the local area and incorporate future neighbouring development proposals. Subject to approvals, work on the bridge will begin next year. This will replace the existing 1960s footbridge with a new, fully accessible bridge which is built to modern design standards and will provide convenient connections between new developments on the Greenwich Peninsula. The older bridge will be kept in use until the new bridge is opened.

Construction on the Silvertown Tunnel is now well underway, with piling work on the complex launch and retrieval chambers almost complete.

Nearly 600,000 tonnes of material will be excavated and removed from the site by barges along the Thames as part of the project’s wider commitment to keep construction traffic and emissions to a minimum. Forty thousand tonnes of soil had already been removed from site via barges – removing more than 2,300 lorry trips from the road.

Helen Wright, Head of the Silvertown Tunnel programme at Transport for London (TfL), said: “Construction on the Silvertown Tunnel is now well underway. We are committed to a wide range of local improvements, including walking, cycling, and urban realm improvements, as well as wider environmental improvements as a result of this project. We are also delivering a comprehensive programme of monitoring for traffic, air quality and other factors, both during construction and when the tunnel is open, to ensure we deliver on our promises that overall traffic volumes do not increase and there is an improvement in air quality once the tunnel opens.”

Juan Jose Bregel, Riverlinx Construction Joint Venture (CJV) Project Director said: “My team and I are committed to delivering this project responsibly and with integrity. Riverlinx will keep the communities where we operate informed, involved and fully aware of current and future opportunities and activities. We hope you enjoy exploring the information explaining the design and engineering behind this impressive tunnelling scheme; innovative solutions for challenges and complexities faced working under the Thames and in a busy urban environment; and details of how we are delivering the project safely and sustainably.”

To access the virtual exhibition, visit: www.riverlinx.co.uk

For more information about the Silvertown Tunnel, visit: www.tfl.gov.uk/silvertown-tunnel