Could South Circular Be Put In A Tunnel?
Wednesday 10th July 2013
The South Circular could be moved to a £30billion tunnel in a bid to improve quality of life for Londoners.
A report commissioned by Mayor Boris Johnson suggests traffic should be sent underground leaving the current congested roads at street level for local people, cyclists and pedestrians.
The Roads Taskforce carried out the strategic review - the first of its kind for decades - and suggested that the hefty £30bn cost can be raised by placing a levy on new properties whose prices would rise due to the improved areas.
As well as the ambitious South Circular tunnel, the report also recommended "flounders" at Brent Cross and Hammersmith to replace the current ageing flyover systems.
The authors looked at similar schemes in Scandinavia and were impressed by the way Oslo and Stockholm have used tunnels to create greener cities.
The report also suggests that the capital should implement a city-wide 20mph speed limit to help calm high streets.
The Mayor of London will now ask TfL to undertake a feasibility study on the projects within the report.