The leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Darren Rodwell, at the site (credit: Be First)
The structure would run adjacent to the A13 and eventually replace the dual carriageway, which is the cause of noise and pollution issues in the area.
It is thought the project would facilitate the creation of 12,000 homes, 6,000 jobs and a new Overground station in the area.
According to the council, it will also help improve facilities at Dagenham Dock and assist with the relocation of the City of London’s wholesale markets to the borough.
They are applying for £5million from the government to complete a full design work and detailed business plan. The tunnel and station are expected to cost £800 million in total and the council is aiming to complete them both by 2030.
Studies conducted by a variety of engineering, construction and architecture firms suggest the plans would bring more money into the area than they would cost.
Research by Arup, Jacobs and Farrells suggests it would unlock £1.billion in land value uplift and provide a chance to build high quality and affordable homes.
“As London moves east, the need to invest in infrastructure to advance the UK’s economic recovery from the pandemic has never been so important,” said the leader of Barking and Dagenham, Councillor Darren Rodwell.
“The tunneling of the A13 will deliver game changing economic, social and environmental benefits not just to the residents of Barking and Dagenham, but importantly, one that will support high-quality employment growth to level up one of the most deprived areas of the country.”
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