HC Deb 20 May 2002 vol 386 cc128-9W
Harry Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent reports he has received regarding the safety of the Blackwall tunnel in London; what concerns have been expressed about emergency lanes and escape routes; what response he has made; and if he will make a statement. [55847]

Mr. Jamieson

This is not a matter for the Government; it is a matter for Transport for London (TfL) which is the highway authority for the Blackwall tunnels.

I understand that TfL have recently awarded a £15.5 million contract for extensive refurbishment of the southbound tunnel. They are also planning to undertake a review of the northbound tunnel, which was extensively refurbished in 1992, to identify the need for any further works on that tunnel.

Further information can be obtained from Peter Heather, Director of Operations, TfL—Street Management.