Sadiq Khan’s Road Toll Plans: £4 Fee for Blackwall and Silvertown Tunnels in 2025

Sadiq Khan’s Road Toll Plans: £4 Fee for Blackwall and Silvertown Tunnels in 2025

Sadiq Khan’s Tunnel Toll Proposal

London’s motorists could face a new £4 charge for using the Blackwall and Silvertown Tunnels starting in 2025.

These plans, attributed to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, have gained approval for road sign drafts by Transport Secretary Mark Harper.

Tunnel Tolls on the Horizon

Despite the current absence of tolls at the Blackwall Tunnel, road signs will soon inform drivers of the impending charges.

The introduction of the tolls is scheduled to coincide with the opening of the Silvertown Tunnel in 2025.

Details of the Proposed Tolls

According to the draft road signs published on Transport for London’s (TfL) website, the tolls will be in effect from 6 am to 10 pm, affecting all drivers.

These fees apply in both directions and can be paid online, as indicated by the signs.

Flexibility and Uncertainty

While these road sign drafts provide insights into the proposed tolls, they are not finalized.

Official documents state that charges, vehicle classifications, and the charging period may still change.

Placeholder Figures and TfL’s Perspective

TfL emphasizes that no definitive decisions have been made, and the figures displayed on the signs serve as temporary placeholders, awaiting further evaluation.

Comparisons and Controversies

In comparison, car drivers currently pay £2.50 to use the Dartford Crossing, with larger vehicles paying £6. The Silvertown Tunnel, set to be completed in 2025, aims to alleviate congestion at the Blackwall Tunnel and reduce car emissions.

Multiple Charges for London Drivers

London’s drivers already face multiple charges, including the congestion charge and the recently expanded Ulez charge of £12.50.

The cost of driving in Greater London has sparked criticism, with some resorting to unlawful actions to avoid Ulez charges, damaging cameras in the process.

Security Measures and Public Reaction

The Metropolitan Police have recorded around 500 attacks on Ulez cameras from April to August, including attempts to saw camera poles in half and obstruct moveable cameras.

Some moveable cameras now have security teams to protect them from potential harm.

TfL has been contacted for further comments on the matter.

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