I’m tempting fate with this post but after almost a year of broken lifts, the Greenwich foot tunnel is now accessible to all again.
Unless they’ve broken while typing this, both lifts are operational.
1pm UPDATE: It’s reported one lift has broken.
Back in August 2021 it was claimed it would take five months to reopen, though a delay was then announced in October due to supply issues resulting in the lift’s opening seven months later.
The lifts stopped working sometime before that August update, and have been temperamental ever since a bodged upgrade project a decade ago.
At the time various impressive visual renders were presented. I recall seeing render of LED lights throughout putting on lightshows, which never appeared.
Fully glass doors have presented problems for lifts due to weight, and are replaced with half glazed doors.
If it doesn’t pack up, that will leave the door open for Woolwich ferry to take the crown for most unreliable river crossing. Or Blackwall tunnel. Then again, there’s also Rotherhithe…