Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has announced that cars would have to pay a toll to use the Blackwall tunnel beginning in 2025.
The Blackwall Tunnel in East London is now free to use, however it experiences heavy traffic and congestion.
The Silvertown Tunnel will open in 2025 to reroute traffic from the Blackwall Tunnel.
To avoid crowding in a single tunnel, the Blackwall and Silvertown tunnels will be tolled.
The Silvertown tunnel is now under construction, and tolls will help pay for it.
Riverlinx is funding the Silvertown tunnel construction privately in the immediate term.
According to a spokeswoman for the Mayor of London, the costs will be used to repay this, with any surplus over the agreed-upon prices invested in broader transportation upgrades.
Earlier this week, a submission for the possible signage was filed to the Department of Transport, which indicated that cars may be charged £4 to use the tunnel.
However, Transport for London (TfL) stated that the charges have not yet been finalized and that any timings and amounts listed on the draft signage application are only suggestive in order to receive clearance.
A representative for Transport for London stated: “The final [decisions on] charges will be made ahead of the Silvertown Tunnel opening in 2025, once further modelling, including assessments on concessions, are completed.”
When Boris Johnson was Mayor of London, he proposed to toll the Blackwall Tunnel.
Drivers will be charged for using the Blackwall Tunnel.
The Blackwall Tunnel is east London’s sole major Thames crossing.
The Silvertown tunnel will be utilized to assist regulate traffic levels once it is completed and opened.