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Cameras installed to enforce Rotherhithe Tunnel restrictions – £130 fine if ignored

Courtesy Google

Back in September 2018 emergency restrictions were introduced at Rotherhithe Tunnel. This was due to tests showing ventilation systems would struggle to cope in the event of a fire.

No vehicle over two metres or two tonnes was permitted to use the tunnel. Staff manually checked vehicles for some time.

Last week the tunnel closed for a number of days for more emergency work. It is now revealed that cameras will be used to monitor vehicles with fines for those contravening rules – though how they can tell weight or accurate height is a mystery.

Drivers who ignored restrictions will face a £130 fine and are being advised to head to either Tower bridge or the Blackwall Tunnel.


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  1. Jon

    I suspect the system just looks up the details of the vehicle at DVLA / DVSA rather than making its own approximation of the height and weight.

  2. fromthemurkydepths

    That makes perfect sense. I’m a spud!

  3. If there’s a bloody great bang as you enter the tunnel then your vehicle is too high. Simples.

  4. SG

    According to TfL, “In September 2018 we did a detailed analysis of the ventilation system which would extract smoke and other dangerous fumes from the tunnel in case of a fire.

    This analysis shows that repair work needs to be carried out urgently.”

    So rather than carry out those urgent works the tunnel will be left as is for a long while and another income generator comes into force…

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