Blackwall and Silvertown Tunnels: Prices for new toll have been revealed

Around this time last year, TfL announced that the Blackwall Tunnel would soon start charging a toll fee for drivers. The tunnel, which is one of London’s busiest and most important Thames crossings, apparently needs a charge in order to help pay for maintenance – as well as to encourage drivers to use the Silvertown Tunnel, which is set to open in 2025.

And today (July 10) it’s finally been revealed just how much the toll fees for both the Blackwall and Silvertown tunnels will be. The fee will be the same for both tunnels, but they’ll vary in peak and off-peak times. 

During peak hours, which are 6am to 10am northbound and 4pm to 7pm southbound on weekdays, car and small van drivers will be charged £4 each way. During off-peak hours, which are at all other times and at weekends, these drivers will be charged £1.50 each way.

These fees will slightly change for motorbikes (£1.50 off peak, £2.50 peak), large vans (£2.50 off-peak, £6.50 peak) and HGVs (£5 off-peak, £10 peak), and are expected to be paid using TfL AutoPay. The same payment system is currently used for the ULEZ.

There will also be a number of exemptions, concessions and discounts. All buses, coaches and vehicles with nine seats or more registered with the DVLA are exempt, as are all taxis, blue badge holders and wheelchair-accessible private hire vehicles. 

On top of that, NHS staff and patients will be eligible for reimbursements, and a 50 percent discount will be available for low-income drivers in 12 east and south-east London boroughs and the City of London. Small businesses in the boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich can apply for a £1 off-peak discount for at least a year.

Three cross-river bus routes (the 108, 129 and SL4) will also be free for at least one year (so long as journeys start in Newham, Tower Hamlets or Greenwich), as well as cross river trips on the DLR (like those between Cutty Sark and Island Gardens or Woolwich Arsenal and King George V). As previously announced, a free ‘bike bus’ will ferry cyclists through the Silvertown Tunnel

The penalty charge for non-payment of the new tolls will be £180, though this will be reduced to £90 if paid within two weeks. 

These new levies will come into force as soon as the Silvertown Tunnel opens – which is expected to be sometime next spring. No exact date has yet been confirmed.

TfL’s plans for a toll on the Blackwall and Silvertown tunnels are currently open for consultation, and you can have your say here.

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