Greenwich Council have announced that the Greenwich foot tunnel will close from 10pm tonight (Thursday 9th April) and remain shut all weekend until 10pm on Monday 13th April.
The tunnel closed last weekend due to people passing in close proximity. It reopened on Monday. The council state:
“This is due to crowds of people walking and cycling through for non-essential journeys on the previous weekend, which made social distancing at two metres apart almost impossible and put many lives at risk.
Crossing the river will still be possible on the DLR, which allows bicycles onboard during weekends, bank holidays and at off peak times.”
“Cllr Danny Thorpe, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: ‘Keeping people alive is our priority during this pandemic and last weekend we saw far too many ignoring the lifesaving social distancing rules and making non-essential journeys through the foot tunnel. Greenwich is a popular tourist destination for lots of good reasons, but this is a national emergency, not a holiday. We have now been forced to close the tunnel over the Easter weekend to help reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19 and are working closely with Tower Hamlets council and TfL to find a safe solution’.”
Alternatives given are the DLR from Cutty Sark station to Island Gardens station.