£30bn plans for London tunnel ring road


£30bn plans for London tunnel ring road


The London Mayor revealed his plans to alleviate congestion in central London with a 22-mile-long underground ring road.


Transport for London has been commissioned to explore the feasibility of building the new underground tunnel.


Although the civil engineering project is estimated to cost in the region of £30 billion, it would solve the current issues with traffic congestion in the capital.


The scheme dubbed as Inner Orbital Tunnel would be one of the most ambitious infrastructure schemes ever built in London, with subterranean dual carriageways linking key routes, from the A40 Westway to the A12 in the east, and the A1 route north to the A2 running south.


The proposed tunnel route would circle north London from Camden to Highbury, then head south east to Shoreditch and Wapping whether the tunnel would run under the Thames to Elephant and Castle, and then to Battersea.


It would then cross under the Thames again at Chelsea, and sweep through Earls Court to St John’s Wood, before returning to Camden.


The ambitious plan would partly be financed by freeing up development sites worth billions of pounds that are currently surrounded by congested roads.


According to Transport for London, the current predictions show that there will be a 60% increase in congestion in the central zone by 2031, while outer areas would suffer increases in congestion of 15 to 25%.


The scheme will result in quieter neighbourhoods and cleaner air for millions of families living in the centre and along overcrowded routes such as the South Circular. Motorists would benefit from faster trips, with bottlenecks like the Earl’s Court one-way system given relief.


Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “We are at the very early stage in exploring the potential. Cities such as Paris, Oslo and Boston have undertaken these kinds of ambitious projects and have seen dramatic results.


“This is not about creating a motorway through the centre of London. It’s about freeing up capacity on the city surface, improving air quality, and reclaiming space for public parks, pedestrians and cyclists.”


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