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Keep tunnel open during Olympic games’ appeal is thrown out

PUBLISHED: 13:45 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:36 25 August 2010

A COUNCIL has refused to rule out the closure of major road links during the Olympic Games. Greenwich council has rejected a demand that the Blackwall Tunnel stays open in 2012.

A COUNCIL has refused to rule out the closure of major road links during the Olympic Games.

Greenwich council has rejected a demand that the Blackwall Tunnel stays open in 2012.

The council's two Liberal Democrat councillors tabled a motion at its full meeting on March 26, after reading reports that the tunnel and parts of Trafalgar Road may be closed to all but Olympic traffic.

Labour councillors amended the motion, removing all mention of the Blackwall Tunnel and Trafalgar Road, and instead promising to play a full part in discussions concerning traffic.

Brian Woodcraft, who tabled the motion, said: "They didn't want to support the motion because, if they had, then when these road closures come into effect they would have to eat humble pie.

"They will just go along with anything the Olympic authorities throw at them."

A council spokesperson said it was too early to comment on specific road closures.

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