The Blackwall Tunnel has been reported as a haunted hotspot in south east London.

For years, the Blackwall Tunnel has served as a critical link connecting the North and South banks of the River Thames.

The tunnel, infamous for its heavy traffic congestion, has been the backdrop for a parallel legend that stretches back to its construction in the late 19th century.

Driving through today, you might see little but an average, car-ridden tunnel, but a trip into the Blackwall Tunnel was once a grand experience – for Victorian Londoners.

According to, the initial tale of the phantom hitchhiker dates to 1972, when a motorcyclist noticed a hitchhiker at the southbound entrance to the northbound tunnel.

The motorcyclist allegedly stopped to pick him up, and the hitchhiker provided an address located in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

When the motorcyclist reached the other end of the tunnel, he realised no one was on the back of his bike.

The motorcyclist turned back to the tunnel to see if he fell off, but no one was in the road, and the hitchhiker had disappeared.

Others who have driven along the Blackwall Tunnel have reported a case of a phantom hitchhiker; one spooky story says he asks for a ride to visit his girlfriend but vanishes before reaching the other end.

Despite the haunting reputation of the Blackwall Tunnel, Londoners continue to rely on it for their daily commutes, and the tunnel remains a vital conduit for the city's traffic.

The intersection of the mundane and the mysterious in this iconic location keeps the legend alive and continues to be a source of intrigue for both residents and visitors.