Blackwall Tunnel closes again

Blackwall Tunnel closes again

The Blackwall Tunnel is due to be closed this coming weekend according to Transport for London so that utility work can be carried out on the new Silvertown Tunnel.

According to TfL, the tunnel will be closed from Poplar to the Greenwich Peninsula, from 00.01 on Saturday 8 July to 05.00 on Monday 10 July, with drivers needing to find alternative routes.

The northbound tunnel is due to remain open, although the bus route 108 will be split into different directions.

Transport for London has stated that bus passengers will not be charged for trips between Canning Town and North Greenwich if they use the Jubilee Line. The Woolwich Ferry will operate a one-boat service every 15-20 minutes between 7am and 6pm.

The latest closure is for new drainage and utility ducting to be installed underneath the approach road, which will serve both the Blackwall Tunnel and the Silvertown Tunnel when it opens in 2025.

Work on the controversial new tunnel, which will include a dedicated lane for HGVs and buses, is now dominating much of the Greenwich Peninsula. One bore of the tunnel has already been dug from the Royal Docks, the machine is now being turned around so it can dig the second bore.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has criticised the congestion and pollution across a wider area. Khan has branded critics including members of his own Labour Party a vocal minority who live in “never-never land”.

Only the previous week councillors in Greenwich had called on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to rework the tunnel so that it prioritised public transport and cycling. Majella Anning who is a Labour councillor called the £2 billion road project a ticking timebomb waiting to go off destructively.