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The Blackwall Tunnel will be closed for two weekends in July and August 2024

The Blackwall Tunnel will be closed for two weekends in July and August 2024
The Blackwall Tunnel will be closed for two weekends in July and August 2024

While we are currently seeing a temporary lull in rail strikes in London, that is certainly not the end of disruption to travel in the capital. The next major change to travel through the capital will be the partial closure of the Blackwall Tunnel, one of London’s busiest river crossings, which will be closed for two weekends – starting at the end of this month.

TfL has confirmed the planned closure of the Blackwall Tunnel southbound for two weekends in July and August, due to preparations for the new Silvertown Tunnel crossing. The crossing will still be open northbound, although that traffic will be routed through the tunnel normally used for southbound traffic. A bit confusing, we know.

The Northern Tunnel has already been closed several times this year, this time to resurface the roads and install crash barriers. The road layout is also being completed to support the new Silvertown Tunnel, due to open next year.

So, what dates should regular Blackwall tunnel users look out for? Well, they are: July 20-22 And August 17-19.

The tunnel will be closed in a southerly direction from Saturday morning 00:01 until Monday morning 05:00 (at the latest).

Alternative routes nearby include the M24 Dartford Crossing, Tower Bridge and the Rotherhithe Tunnel (which may close later this year). However, drivers of lorries and vans over two metres in height are advised to avoid central London during these periods and to be aware of size restrictions.

The 108 bus route, the only one that runs through the tunnel, will be temporarily split in two while the tunnel is partially closed, running between Lewisham and North Greenwich and between Canning Town and Stratford. Passengers will have to use the Jubilee line to cross the river instead, but will automatically receive a refund for this part of the journey.

So, quite a reshuffle of traffic around the Blackwall Tunnel! You can check the TfL website here for regular updates on traffic in the area.

This isn’t the only time the Blackwall Tunnel has been in the news at Time Out in recent months. Last year it was announced that the tunnel would go toll-free in 2025, which is when the Silvertown Tunnel is also due to open. With the Silvertown toll-free too, the Blackwall toll is apparently intended to encourage motorists to use both crossings.

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