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17 April 2010

Walk through Woolwich Foot Tunnel

It's been scheduled for weekday closure for 'improvement works' from 6.30am to 8pm starting on Monday, so if you've ever fancied a wander through Woolwich Foot Tunnel, you should probably seize your moment this weekend.


The construction of the 504m tunnel was designed to help those living in South London who worked in the docks and the tunnel owes much to the efforts of working-class politician Will Crooks who had worked in the docks and chaired the London County Council's Bridges Committee, who were responsible for the tunnel. Crooks would later serve as MP for Woolwich.

The tunnel was designed by Sir Maurice Fitzmaurice and built by Walter Scott & Middleton and opened on Saturday 26th October 1912. Now made partly redundant by the Woolwich Free Ferry and the new DLR extension, it is still the only way to cross the river here for free at night time, and that is possibly why installation of new CCTV and communication facilities, as well as reduction in leakage and new lifts, are so important. Improvements are scheduled to be completed by March 2011.

For more, see http://www.greenwich.gov.uk/Greenwich/Travel/foot-tunnels.htm

^Picture by Jon's pics^

3 comments:

  1. Be careful - there have been a number of random attacks on people in this tunnel and there is little opportunity to escape given the length of the tunnel.

    Take caution and be aware of those in front and behind you.

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  2. Will Crooks was also responsible for giving Londoners the Greenwich foot tunnel and the Rotherhithe tunnel. As mentioned in the article above, Will Crooks was MP for Woolwich. When he first won his Woolwich seat he became only the 4th ever Labour MP. There's an interesting book on his life and achievements called 'Where there's a Will, there's a way. The remarkable life story of Will Crooks MP' if anyone is interested. You can get more info on Will Crooks on the authors website at: http://www.jimsbooksite.com/read-more-about-will--sample-chapter.html

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