Blackwall tunnel to close for Greenwich bridge installation

Transport for London have revealed that the southbound Blackwall tunnel will be closed for bridge installation work between 10pm on 31st March and 5am on 3rd April.

A new footbridge is being installed to replace the existing structure as part of Silvertown tunnel work.

New bridge in Greenwich

This site has covered the new bridge in the past, with the new structure partly covered in mesh fencing.

Abbey Wood bridge has mesh fencing. It’s not great

The bridge is located in an isolated and neglected spot which does little to encourage active travel at the best of times, let alone when enclosed in a cage obscuring visibility of who is on it when approaching. These things matter if people are to walk and cycle more.

Both sides of pavement blocked. Other side had obstacles close to pedestrian seen to rear

While Transport for London spend nearly £200 million on the road tunnel (total cost is £2.2 bn via a PFI deal) and Greenwich receive tens of millions in Section 106 income from Greenwich Peninsula developments, neither have so far bothered to improve access paths.

They’re dismal on either side. One side has Boord Street with numerous pavement obstacles including concrete blocks dumped at various points including at the junction with Millennium Way.

Don’t walk here if in a wheelchair, or a mobility scooter, or with a frame

I wrote an entire post about approach path on the other side along Tunnel Avenue. It’s bad. No, it’s worse than that. It’s really bad.

Tunnel Avenue

There was a bit of a clean up after that post but a recent trip showed it not much better. Either approach to the footbridge is pretty awful.

Not great

The TfL PR may talk about a shiny new bridge but in reality it’s not without its downsides – of which the main one is the cage and poor visibility for those on approach.

Then there’s both access routes still being far from ideal for pedestrians and cyclists – and no firm plan to improve that from either TfL or Greenwich Council.

Looking down Boord Street to footbridge site

In terms of short term disruption, the tunnel closure will see the 108 terminate at Canning Town and North Greenwich either side of the river.

Work programmed for this year

The Woolwich Ferry will operate a service every 15/20 minutes across the weekend between 7am and 6pm if it doesn’t break down again.

Further Blackwall tunnel closures are expected later this year as a new road bridge is installed.

Both tunnels converge onto existing road network upon completion




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One thought on “Blackwall tunnel to close for Greenwich bridge installation

  • One of the ferry’s gave up last week and went off somewhere, presumably to chill out in the med. Since then there’s only 1 ferry


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