The Greenwich Foot Tunnel crosses beneath the River Thames in East London, linking Greenwich (Royal Borough of Greenwich) on the south bank with the Isle of Dogs (London Borough of Tower Hamlets) on the north.Plan a London trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
The tunnel was designed by civil engineer Sir Alexander Binnie for London County Council and constructed by contractor John Cochrane & Co. The project started in June 1899 and the tunnel opened on 4 August 1902. The tunnel replaced an expensive and sometimes unreliable ferry service allowing workers living south of the Thames to reach their workplaces in the London docks and shipyards in or near the Isle of Dogs. Its creation owed much to the efforts of working-class politician Will Crooks, who had worked in the docks and, after chairing the LCC's Bridges Committee responsible for the tunnel, later served as Labour MP for Woolwich.
The entrance shafts at both ends are beneath glazed domes. Lifts, installed in 1904, were upgraded in 1992 and again in 2012, and helical staircases allow pedestrians to access the sloping, tile-lined tunnel. The cast-iron tunnel is 370.2m long, 15.2m deep and has an internal diameter of about 9ft. The cast-iron rings are coated with concrete and surfaced with some 200,000 white glazed tiles. The northern end was damaged by bombs during the Second World War and repairs included a thick steel and concrete inner lining that reduces the diameter substantially for a short distance. The North tower has 87 steps, and the South tower has 100.
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Greenwich Foot Tunnel Reviews
Vi fant denne tunnelen ved en tilfeldighet da vi skulle hjem til Canary Wharf fra en middag i Greenwich. Det ble en hyggelig og interessant gåtur i stedet for det lite spennende toget. Se etter det ru... more »
Madness that No Cycling means that the Cyclists can ignore the signs and endanger the walking pedestrian. Anyway, the risk is worth it to walk through victorian engineering at its best from Greenwich ... more »
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