Silvertown tunnel: Work on both tunnel cores complete

Both tunnels under construction as part of the Silvertown tunnel project appear to have completed.

A tunnel boring machine appears to have reached Silvertown after setting off from Greenwich earlier this year.

Tunnel views from cable car

The first tunnel bore completed in 2022.

Passing over the site on Tuesday showed this view seen below – note tunneling machine at bottom right of the image:

Last month a Transport for London Board Meeting contained reports stating the crossing was well under way.

Fit out works continue for both tunnels alongside approach roads on either side of the Thames. A trip over the Thames this week also showed above ground structures taking shape.

Above ground structure and approach roads taking shape

Much was made of removing construction spoil by barge though that ceased on the south side of the Thames.

Recently revised traffic modelling shows more vehicles are now expected to head through the tunnel to Greenwich’s existed road network each evening peak.

There have been calls for one of the two tunnels to be set aside for walking and cycling.

The tunnel is due to open in 2025.

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