Riverlinx consortium selected for £1bn Silvertown Tunnel project in UK


Transport for London (TfL) has selected the Riverlinx consortium as the preferred bidder to build the £1bn Silvertown Tunnel, a new river crossing under the Thames in east London.

Riverlinx consortium comprises Aberdeen Standard Investments, BAM PPP PGGM, Cintra, Macquarie Capital and SK Engineering & Construction (SK E&C).

The project will be procured through a design, build, finance and maintain contract and payments from TfL will start only when the tunnel is open and available for use.

TfL said that it will reduce payments if the tunnel does not meet certain key standards such as availability for use by traffic and physical condition.

Expected to be opened in 2025, the tunnel will link the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks, eliminating congestion and reducing the environmental impact caused by miles of standing traffic around the Blackwall Tunnel area.

The tunnel is also expected to support Londoners from the east who need to cross the river for work or leisure. It will also improve the reliability of road network for local residents, commuters and businesses.

This will be first permanent road crossing to be built across the River Thames east of Tower Bridge after the QE2 Bridge at Dartford, which was opened in 1991.

TfL city planning director Alex Williams said: “The Silvertown Tunnel, which is vital to support London’s economy, has been designed to resolve the existing congestion problem around Blackwall, improve overall air quality and enable new cross-river bus routes to be introduced.

“We are absolutely committed to ensuring that the project is delivered with minimal impact to local residents. We will closely monitor noise and air quality during construction and traffic levels and emissions once the tunnel is complete.”

Between 2017 and 2018, the Blackwall Tunnel is claimed to have been closed more than 700 times and is considered to be least reliable for crossing the river.

When operational, the tunnel is expected to improve cross-river public transport, with nearly 37 buses per hour in each direction, including the present six single decker buses per hour running through the Blackwall Tunnel.

These routes will link places such as Stratford and Canary Wharf to Eltham, Grove Park and Charlton for the first time, supporting wider regeneration across the Greenwich Peninsula and Royal Docks.


Image: Rendering of Silvertown Tunnel. Photo: Courtesy of TfL.

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