Blackwall tunnel

I was going to blog about the closure of the Blackwall tunnel at some point today. I have just got around to it.

The initial news was that extensive fire damage meant that the tunnel was expected to be closed until Wednesday. It seems that Boris wasn’t too keen on South East London being gridlocked for three days and put considerable pressure on TFL to get the work done more quickly. Top marks Boris.

It also seems that TFL pulled out all the stops to get the work done, and will be in a position to reopen the tunnel at about 7PM this evening. Top marks TFL.

I have been quite a critique of TFL but, credit where credit’s due, they have responded well to the needs on thousands of my constituents and got the job done.

8 responses to “Blackwall tunnel

  1. I got caught up yesterday and today in the closure and while it's good that it's back open, I think there are still issues to look at. 1) why was there no police/traffic support to help with fall-out of the closure on the south side? Certainly in the hours after the event, at neither the roundabout before the southern approach road nor the turnoff from the tunnel onto the Greenwich road was there anyone to stop drivers clogging up junctions and making a bad situation worse. 2) Why is there no information system in the area? The first indication I got as a driver was once I was already on the approach road, at which point it was too late. Even on the approach road the sign said “tunnel closed. Use alternate routes.” Which would be what exactly at that point?! 3) Can't there be some examination of an emergency contraflow system in the case that one side of the tunnel is closed? It would be slow, but some traffic would be better than the total closedown experienced over the last two days, and its direct knock-on effects on all transport in the Greenwich/Charlton/Woolwich area, never mind further afield.

  2. I got caught up yesterday and today in the closure and while it's good that it's back open, I think there are still issues to look at. 1) why was there no police/traffic support to help with fall-out of the closure on the south side? Certainly in the hours after the event, at neither the roundabout before the southern approach road nor the turnoff from the tunnel onto the Greenwich road was there anyone to stop drivers clogging up junctions and making a bad situation worse. 2) Why is there no information system in the area? The first indication I got as a driver was once I was already on the approach road, at which point it was too late. Even on the approach road the sign said “tunnel closed. Use alternate routes.” Which would be what exactly at that point?! 3) Can't there be some examination of an emergency contraflow system in the case that one side of the tunnel is closed? It would be slow, but some traffic would be better than the total closedown experienced over the last two days, and its direct knock-on effects on all transport in the Greenwich/Charlton/Woolwich area, never mind further afield.

  3. As you say all credit to TfL for getting it open but I agree with Antonia about the need for more solutions when the tunnel is closed. I work in Greenwich and have just got home to Finsbury Park. I left at 4pm. That is FOUR HOURS!!! Must be some sort of world record surely?

  4. As you say all credit to TfL for getting it open but I agree with Antonia about the need for more solutions when the tunnel is closed. I work in Greenwich and have just got home to Finsbury Park. I left at 4pm. That is FOUR HOURS!!! Must be some sort of world record surely?

  5. James –
    if David Cameron needs to put his words on Health and Safety into action, he could start with the tunnel contraflow. If the French and Italians can keep the 7.25 mile Mont Blanc open following the catastrophic fire ten years ago, Blackwall should be a doddle (and a vote – winner!

    ps – looking forward to the Beckenham open primary on Sunday.

  6. James –
    if David Cameron needs to put his words on Health and Safety into action, he could start with the tunnel contraflow. If the French and Italians can keep the 7.25 mile Mont Blanc open following the catastrophic fire ten years ago, Blackwall should be a doddle (and a vote – winner!

    ps – looking forward to the Beckenham open primary on Sunday.

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