Sunday, November 13, 2011

Blackwall Tunnel fully re-opened

The Blackwall Tunnel has re-opened following refurbishment works carried out by Transport for London (TfL) to make the 114-year-old tunnel safer.

Some planned overnight weekend works will continue as part of an improvement schedule, so please check the website for more information.

Police Community Support Officers are on hand until 18 November to help guide drivers through the new traffic layout - the result of an additional lane for HGV vehicles on the northbound approach to the tunnel.
The new lane will help divert over-height vehicles away from the tunnel before they reach the entrance.
Other improvements include:
  • Better emergency access for maintenance, more emergency points and improved escape route signs
  • Upgrades to CCTV, ventilation, drainage, fire mains and hydrants
  • Improved detectors for smoke, stopped vehicles, pedestrians debris and over-height vehicles
  • New lighting and communications systems
  • Automated tunnel closure system
  • Variable message and lane control signs

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