Woolwich Foot Tunnel reopens

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THE Woolwich Foot Tunnel has reopened after nearly 20 months of closure.

It opened at 6am today and has been undergoing major refurbishment along with the Greenwich foot tunnel.

New lifts, stairs, lighting and CCTV has been installed while the tunnel itself has been restructured.

Access will only be available via the stairs while work continues on the lifts.

In April last year the Woolwich and Greenwich foot tunnels were closed as part of a £11.5m refurbishment programme on the Victorian structure.

Throughout the Christmas period there will be 24-hour access to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel via the stairs, with night-time closures suspended until January 3.

Greenwich Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and skills Denise Hyland said: “It’s great news that the Woolwich Foot Tunnel will be open – particularly in time for Christmas when public transport options are much more limited.

"It’s a free and easy means of crossing the river."

She added: “The work on both tunnels has been an extremely complex heritage project – it is the first time since the tunnels were built that work of this extent has taken place and it’s not been without its challenges.

“I thank pedestrians and cyclists for their ongoing patience while we have carried out these complicated works.”

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4:43pm Thu 5 Jan 12

garygary says...

we was 1st told it would take 4 months to do the work on the tunnel, and that it would be closed mainly because of the sandblasting needed to clean the tunnel, now nearly 2 yrs later and at the cost of about 11 million pounds it has reopened,.. the stairs are the same, the tunnel itself is still dirty and smelly ( no evidence of any cleaning what so ever), and the "new" lifts are not working. so why has the tunnel been closed nearly 2 yrs,? and why has it cost tax payers 11million pounds? i am appalled, having just waled through the tunnel, all thats changed was a some new lights, some speakers??? and direction signs,( there are only 2 ways to go, so why the signs?) i am a tax payer and i want my money back
we was 1st told it would take 4 months to do the work on the tunnel, and that it would be closed mainly because of the sandblasting needed to clean the tunnel, now nearly 2 yrs later and at the cost of about 11 million pounds it has reopened,.. the stairs are the same, the tunnel itself is still dirty and smelly ( no evidence of any cleaning what so ever), and the "new" lifts are not working. so why has the tunnel been closed nearly 2 yrs,? and why has it cost tax payers 11million pounds? i am appalled, having just waled through the tunnel, all thats changed was a some new lights, some speakers??? and direction signs,( there are only 2 ways to go, so why the signs?) i am a tax payer and i want my money back garygary
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