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Blackwall tunnel closure this month scrapped

PUBLISHED: 16:04 01 September 2010 | UPDATED: 10:57 02 September 2010

New fan system being installed into one of the ventilation shafts in the tunnel.

New fan system being installed into one of the ventilation shafts in the tunnel.

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The Blackwall Tunnel will no longer have to close for four days this month as the £70 million refurbishment works are six months ahead of schedule.

New fan system being installed into one of the ventilation shafts in the tunnel.

Motorists were previously advised of a closure from September 10 - 13 but now bosses have announced that contractors are expecting to finish the work, which began this February, early. The upgrade on the 113-year-old tunnel is being carried out on the northbound passage and will now be ready in time for the London 2012 Olympics. Garrett Emmerson, chief operating officer for London Streets, Transport for London (TfL), said: “The teams carrying out and managing the refurbishment of the northbound Blackwall Tunnel have made exceptionally good progress.

“We remain committed to completing these works as quickly as possible and with the minimum amount of disruption for drivers who use the tunnel.”

The final weekend closure of 2010 will now take place from 9pm on Friday, October 15, to 5am on Monday, October 18.

It is planned to allow contractors to carry out work on the ventilation shafts that cannot be done during normal weeknight closures and avoid any major local events and closures on the Jubilee line, Docklands Light Railway or other river crossings in London.

Blackwall Tunner

Bosses at TfL also expect to be able to reduce the number of weekend closures required next year. A final decision on this will be made after the October weekend closure.

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