Following urgent air pollution warnings, Zack Polanski AM pressed the London Mayor to shift his clean air goals onto cutting traffic, and to acknowledge traffic as one of the biggest causes of pollution rather than just congestion.
The Mayor’s Silvertown Road Tunnel is set to commence tunnelling imminently and will create a whole new major road, with new traffic.
The Mayor’s own Breathe London network monitor, Silvertown Tunnel access corridor, has recorded pollution in the area well above limits recommended by the World Health Organisation.
The website also makes clear that the tunnel will increase traffic and therefore lead to increased pollution.
Green Party London Assembly Member Zack Polanski said: “While we do have an air pollution crisis and a climate emergency, London is dealing with a toxic traffic crisis. Children today are suffering from stunted lungs, simply for growing up in an area with harmful air.
“Trying to cut congestion by creating more roads does not make sense. Pushing ahead with the Silvertown project means the Mayor risks more toxic cars on more air polluting roads.
“Londoners cannot pay the price of worsening access to public services and scrapping cars they cannot afford to lose. Most importantly, Londoners cannot pay the price of toxic air, an issue that affects low income and ethnic minority communities the most.
“If we’re going to get on the path to cleaner, more breathable air, we must take all Londoners with us.
“The Silvertown Road Tunnel has seen renewed opposition with Greenwich council now opposed, and it was voted against unanimously by Newham council this month – boroughs with a large and diverse working class community. This is also a social justice issue with communities on either side of the tunnel. The Mayor finally needs to do the right thing and cancel the tunnel.”
Zack Polanski Green Party London Assembly Member
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