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Blackwall Tunnel closure – January and February 

TfL is advising members that the Blackwall Tunnel will be closed to southbound traffic for five weekends in January and February to help support works to the northbound carriageway on the northbound Blackwall Tunnel approach. 

The works, which are required to implement the road configuration for the new Silvertown Tunnel, will see new drainage and over-height vehicle gantries installed. 

The closures will take place across the weekends of 13-15 January, 20-22 January, 27-29 January (a contingency weekend if either of the previous two weekends are not possible), 10-12 February and 24-26 February, starting at 00:01 on the Saturday morning and being reopened by 05:00 on the Monday morning at the latest.  

Across the weekends, the Blackwall Tunnel will be closed for southbound traffic and drivers will be required to take alternative routes. Drivers of HGVs, as well as vans more than two metres in height or weighing more than two tonnes, are advised to consider routes away from central London across the weekend where possible.   

During the weekend of 24-26 February, northbound traffic will also be diverted from the A102 via Millennium Way to the Blackwall Tunnel entrance from 22:00 on Saturday evening until 08:00 Sunday morning, to allow for additional works to install new gantries across all lanes of the A102.

Work on delivering the new Silvertown Tunnel, which will open in 2025, continues to progress. Both of the 1.1km tunnels have now been fully tunnelled and the ‘cut and cover’ sections are now in advanced stages of being covered.

Throughout 2024, work will continue to install the safety critical systems within the tunnel, as well as complete work on the tunnel portals.

Work is also progressing on the new road layout around Tidal Basin Roundabout in Newham, including new walking and cycling paths to make it easier for people accessing the Royal Docks via the Lower Lea Crossing.  

Please also note that TfL has advised that a further weekend closure of the southbound Blackwall tunnel will also be required in March 2024, and dates for this will be confirmed in due course. 

Published On: 18/01/2024 14:00:00


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