New Cross Road and Blackwall Tunnel among most polluted roads in the country

News Shopper: New Cross Road and Blackwall Tunnel among most polluted roads in the country New Cross Road and Blackwall Tunnel among most polluted roads in the country

New Cross Road and the Blackwall Tunnel have some of the highest pollution levels in the country, it has been revealed.

Figures by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs detail the 50 roads with the highest level of toxic nitrogen dioxide - all of which are in the capital.

The Blackwall Tunnel Approach came in at number 22 with a level of 110 micrograms per cubic metre, while the tunnel itself was at number 31.

And New Cross Road was 48th in the list with a figure of 101. The European legal limit is 40.

Unhappily for the Queen, the highest was at Grosvenor Place, next to Buckingham Palace, with a figure of 152.

The Blackwall figures will raise further concerns over the potential impact of another tunnel on the peninsula, linking Greenwich with Silvertown.

No to Silvertown Tunnel, a campaign group, revealed shocking levels of pollution at roads around the area last year.

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9:44am Thu 27 Feb 14

j.j. says...

Apparently it takes on average 19 minutes for drivers to cover the final mile before the tunnel during rush hour - it doesn't take a genius to figure out that this causes very high levels of NOx. Surely the solution is to deal with the bottle neck, ie. the Victorian northbound tunnel. The Silvertown tunnel is the obvious solution, but it must be combined with road charging that balances out the traffic between Dartford and Blackwall (ideally £0 for both). Now we just need a Mayor that doesn't have an issue with private motoring or with South London to make this happen.
Apparently it takes on average 19 minutes for drivers to cover the final mile before the tunnel during rush hour - it doesn't take a genius to figure out that this causes very high levels of NOx. Surely the solution is to deal with the bottle neck, ie. the Victorian northbound tunnel. The Silvertown tunnel is the obvious solution, but it must be combined with road charging that balances out the traffic between Dartford and Blackwall (ideally £0 for both). Now we just need a Mayor that doesn't have an issue with private motoring or with South London to make this happen. j.j.
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