Search

Survey shows why drivers get ‘Blackwall Tunnel’ vision motoring under the Thames

PUBLISHED: 18:00 04 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:45 25 October 2018

Granddaddy of them all... the Blackwall Tunnel opened in 1897 by the Prince of Wales. Picture source: Google

Granddaddy of them all... the Blackwall Tunnel opened in 1897 by the Prince of Wales. Picture source: Google

Google

The busy Blackwall, Rotherhithe and Limehouse Link road tunnels have found their way onto a list of Britain’s longest subterranean highways in a survey by the motor trade.

Limehouse Link... fourth longest road tunnel in Britain, the most expensive to build. Picture source: GoogleLimehouse Link... fourth longest road tunnel in Britain, the most expensive to build. Picture source: Google

The A1203 ‘Link’ running more than a mile from Shadwell under the Limehouse marina to Canary Wharf, is the fourth longest on the list and was the most expensive to build anywhere in the country.

It opened in 1993 at a cost of £250,000 for every yard or metre, according to research by LeaseVan hire company.

But the A12 Blackwall Tunnel is the ‘granddaddy’ of them all, the ninth-longest and certainly the oldest, opened by the Prince of Wales in 1897 to carry horse-drawn and pedestrian traffic. It runs more than a mile, 54,000ft, or 1,350m, from Poplar under the Thames to the Greenwich Peninsular on the other side.

Even longer is the A101 Rotherhithe tunnel linking the A13 Commercial Road to the old Surrey Commercial Docks south of the river, 75ft below the Thames and stretching 400ft longer than the Blackwall Tunnel and the sixth longest in Britain. It was opened in 1908, but 3,000 families were displaced to build the approach roads.

Entrance to the Rotherhithe Tunnel, heading north under the ThamesEntrance to the Rotherhithe Tunnel, heading north under the Thames

East London has more entries on the ‘long tunnels’ list than any other part of Britain, the LeaseVan survey shows, but not the longest. That title goes to the Kingsway Tunnel in Liverpool opened in 1934 at more than two miles long.

Latest East London News Stories

Yesterday, 19:00

A violinist hopes to raise £15,000 to transform an old double-decker bus into a mobile music school.

Yesterday, 19:00

Volunteers are out every evening in Shadwell guiding people through the blacked out St George’s Gardens in their campaign for public lighting to keep people safe in the dark.

Yesterday, 17:18

Our reporter Liam Coleman met with the big man before a hectic few weeks.

Yesterday, 15:41

Police investigating the death of a refugee who drowned in the Thames have released his picture in a bid to trace his next of kin.

Yesterday, 14:09

Crossrail, London’s new east to west railway service, may be delayed even further and could require a £2billion funding boost, Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed.

Yesterday, 14:06

Student volunteers have picked up paintbrushes and revamped a Whitechapel community centre.

Yesterday, 10:50

Stepney-born Harry Redknapp has been crowned King of the Jungle on I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Yesterday, 10:29

Developers have signed a deal this week for a new 30-storey Premier Inn hotel complex after getting the planning green light on a site that’s been derelict since the financial crash of 2008.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now