Silvertown Tunnel - Cross River Cycling Service

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Update 15 March 2024

We continue to review all the feedback we received during the consultation. We will publish our consultation report, including our responses to the issues raised during the consultation and details of the next steps and specifications for the new cross river service, later this year.

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We want as many cyclists as possible to use and enjoy a well-connected cycling network across the river in east and southeast London. To ensure that the Silvertown Tunnel can play an integral role in this, we are proposing the introduction of a new cross-river cycling service, to help transport cyclists across the Thames when the tunnel opens in 2025.

On this page you can find out more about the proposals and how you can tell us your views.

Overview

Our proposals

Information to help you respond

Next steps



Overview

Our aim is to provide safe and convenient connections for cyclists between the Greenwich Peninsula in south London and Canary Wharf and Silvertown on the north. It is hoped that this will help promote sustainable travel, improve public health, increase access to jobs, education and leisure opportunities across both sides of the river, as well as supporting regeneration across the wider area.

To help us provide the best service we would like to hear your views on the type of service which would be most useful for cyclists who want to cross the river. We would like to know cyclists’ views on a proposed shuttle bus service which can transport cyclists and their bicycles through the Blackwall and Silvertown tunnels. In the future, we are also considering a cross-river ferry service which could be used by pedestrians and cyclists and would also like to hear whether this might be a useful service option for us to develop further. The IFS Cloud Cable Car will remain available for cyclists to use during its hours of operation.

We want to understand how cyclists might use this river-crossing service. We want to know what type of bicycles you use and how this new service could best meet your needs in travelling across the river by bike. We are also seeking views on specific operational elements of the new service, such as when it would operate, the accessibility and connectivity of the service, as well as what sort of journeys cyclists might use the service for in the future. Your feedback will be vital to shaping our plans for how the service will operate.

The images below show computer generated images of how the shuttle bus service and minibus with trailer service might look.




Information to help you respond

The ‘Documents’ library contains the following information to help you respond:

If you have any questions or queries about the consultation or proposals, or require materials in an alternative format, please email haveyoursay@tfl.gov.uk or telephone 020 3054 6037 and a member of our team will be in touch with you.

Connecting with London's deaf community on our consultations

To enhance how we engage and consult with London's deaf community we are trialling a British Sign Language (BSL) consultation conversation service for this consultation. This service will allow the TfL consultation lead to have a two-way BSL translated discussion on any aspect of this consultation with a BSL speaker.

To request a BSL consultation conversation please contact us at haveyoursay@tfl.gov.uk and we will be in contact to arrange this at a convenient time. Following this trial, we will evaluate the service to determine if this is something we are able to offer on other consultations in the future.

Next steps

After the consultation closes, we will analyse all the responses received and use this to help inform our decision making. We hope to report on the consultation and confirm the next steps for our proposals later in the year.

Update 15 March 2024

We continue to review all the feedback we received during the consultation. We will publish our consultation report, including our responses to the issues raised during the consultation and details of the next steps and specifications for the new cross river service, later this year.

-update ends-



We want as many cyclists as possible to use and enjoy a well-connected cycling network across the river in east and southeast London. To ensure that the Silvertown Tunnel can play an integral role in this, we are proposing the introduction of a new cross-river cycling service, to help transport cyclists across the Thames when the tunnel opens in 2025.

On this page you can find out more about the proposals and how you can tell us your views.

Overview

Our proposals

Information to help you respond

Next steps



Overview

Our aim is to provide safe and convenient connections for cyclists between the Greenwich Peninsula in south London and Canary Wharf and Silvertown on the north. It is hoped that this will help promote sustainable travel, improve public health, increase access to jobs, education and leisure opportunities across both sides of the river, as well as supporting regeneration across the wider area.

To help us provide the best service we would like to hear your views on the type of service which would be most useful for cyclists who want to cross the river. We would like to know cyclists’ views on a proposed shuttle bus service which can transport cyclists and their bicycles through the Blackwall and Silvertown tunnels. In the future, we are also considering a cross-river ferry service which could be used by pedestrians and cyclists and would also like to hear whether this might be a useful service option for us to develop further. The IFS Cloud Cable Car will remain available for cyclists to use during its hours of operation.

We want to understand how cyclists might use this river-crossing service. We want to know what type of bicycles you use and how this new service could best meet your needs in travelling across the river by bike. We are also seeking views on specific operational elements of the new service, such as when it would operate, the accessibility and connectivity of the service, as well as what sort of journeys cyclists might use the service for in the future. Your feedback will be vital to shaping our plans for how the service will operate.

The images below show computer generated images of how the shuttle bus service and minibus with trailer service might look.




Information to help you respond

The ‘Documents’ library contains the following information to help you respond:

If you have any questions or queries about the consultation or proposals, or require materials in an alternative format, please email haveyoursay@tfl.gov.uk or telephone 020 3054 6037 and a member of our team will be in touch with you.

Connecting with London's deaf community on our consultations

To enhance how we engage and consult with London's deaf community we are trialling a British Sign Language (BSL) consultation conversation service for this consultation. This service will allow the TfL consultation lead to have a two-way BSL translated discussion on any aspect of this consultation with a BSL speaker.

To request a BSL consultation conversation please contact us at haveyoursay@tfl.gov.uk and we will be in contact to arrange this at a convenient time. Following this trial, we will evaluate the service to determine if this is something we are able to offer on other consultations in the future.

Next steps

After the consultation closes, we will analyse all the responses received and use this to help inform our decision making. We hope to report on the consultation and confirm the next steps for our proposals later in the year.

  • What are we proposing?

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    Please see the About our proposals document to read full details about our proposals.

    Bus shuttle service

    We are proposing a bespoke shuttle bus service which is capable of transporting cyclists and their bikes across the river. We are looking at options where cyclists can either wheel their bike onto the bus or a minibus with a trailer attached. It is intended that bus stops would be spacious for cyclists to wait with their bikes, with good quality customer information available. You can see some images of how these vehicles and stops might look below.




    We have not made final decisions and we are seeking your views about the following:

    • Which of these kinds of vehicles would be more comfortable and user friendly
    • Whether the service should be timetabled or ‘on demand’
    • The operating times and service frequency of the potential new service
    • The route the bus would take and where the stops would be located
    • Whether the service would be free to use or have a fare

    It is intended that the shuttle bus service would drop cyclists close to existing and proposed cycling infrastructure to enable good connections with our high quality network of Cycleways.

    You can see a map of potential new stops and routes for the shuttle bus service below:


    View a larger version of the map here

    Ferry shuttle service

    We are also considering developing a cross-river ferry service for cyclists and pedestrians in the future. Currently, suitable piers and other necessary infrastructure are not available and are not likely to be in place prior to the opening of the Silvertown Tunnel in 2025. However, we remain interested in exploring this kind of service further and would like to hear your views on whether you would use a ferry service if one were to become available in the future.

    We have explored possibilities around existing and potential new piers being delivered as part of new developments - you can see a map of these below.


    View a larger version of the map here


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