Anyone who's seen the Tunnel Approach in the morning on both sides will know that such a scheme would make an absolute fortune every day. Considering Blackwall is the only viable river crossing in the Borough (the Woolwich Ferry is a nightmare) it's outrageous that there should even be a proposal to charge for it. The nearest other options are Dartford (miles away), Rotherhithe (single lane), or even worse Tower Bridge (inside the main Congestion Zone).
Anyway, Greenwich Council are carrying out a rather confidential consultation exercise on a possible Congestion Charge at the moment. They are employing a Bristol based market research agency called Accent to conduct face to face interviews with Greenwich residents. However, the good burghers of Greenwich are not being asked whether they think Congestion Charging is a good idea or not. All they are being asked is their views on two alternative strategies - one which includes the Blackwall Tunnel and one which does not. Needless to say, such a scheme was not in Labour's manifesto last year and when the local newspaper did a poll in November 73% of local residents opposed Congestion Charging.
The survey, a copy of which has come into my possession, lays out different charging options and uses emotive language like "clean cars" and "dirty cars". It gives charging options ranging from £2 per trip through the tunnel up to £6 to drive into the zone. So at its cheapest, those who have to use the tunnel every weekday will be charged a minimum of £1000 a year. Nice little stealth tax, eh?
Of course the effect will be to push more traffic onto the A20 and into Lewisham, so Greenwich can say its zone works and "bugger Lewisham". That's what Labour calls "joined up government", I guess.
I hope Greenwich Conservatives will be opposing it with all their might.