Greenwich Council fears over Blackwall Tunnel breakdowns during Olympics

18:03 05 April 2012

Local authority officials are worried about vehicles breaking down in the Blackwall Tunnel during the summer Olympics—despite measures by police and TfL to keep traffic on the move.

Greenwich Council is concerned about the impact breakdowns would have and the backlog that would build up along the southern approach.

Its scrutiny committee was told of outstanding issues with TfL over Blackwall tunnel and the need for “robust contingency planning” being put in place to deal with any blockage.

A Greenwich council spokesperson said later: “We are still discussing our objections with the London 2012 committee and hope to be able to resolve our concerns.”

But measures are already in place with a traffic police team now specifically based at Poplar at the northern end of the tunnel to deal with emergencies, as revealed in the Advertiser in February.

The team has cut the time it takes to respond to breakdowns and accidents by more than half, reducing the average delay reopening the tunnel from 35 minutes down to 16.

More than 900 vehicles had also been stopped and checked before using the tunnel between November and February, with lorries too tall to get through being diverted to prevent accidents resulting in closures.

Tower Hamlets council is ready to monitor any congestion along the A12 approach road from Poplar to Bromley-by-Bow, part of the Olympics route network.

TfL, which is responsible for the A12, is confident its contingency plans are robust enough to keep the Blackwall Tunnel—one of London’s most notorious rush-hour bottlenecks—flowing smoothly.

Latest Stories

This undated image shows a frame from a video released by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of journalist James Foley  (AP Photo)

An American journalist has been beheaded on video by an ISIS fighter in Syria - who is believed to be from London.

Read more
What

You wouldn’t know it to look at it, but beautiful Clissold Park in Stoke Newington harbours vicious predators that will “consume any animal they can catch” and carry a disease that can kill humans and dogs.

Read more
Do you recognise these men? (Pic:BTP)

A man has been robbed of £19,000 worth of cash in euro notes in an attack at Kings Cross station.

Read more

TOP Stories

This undated image shows a frame from a video released by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of journalist James Foley  (AP Photo)

An American journalist has been beheaded on video by an ISIS fighter in Syria - who is believed to be from London.

What

You wouldn’t know it to look at it, but beautiful Clissold Park in Stoke Newington harbours vicious predators that will “consume any animal they can catch” and carry a disease that can kill humans and dogs.

Do you recognise these men? (Pic:BTP)

A man has been robbed of £19,000 worth of cash in euro notes in an attack at Kings Cross station.

Promotions

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the ZOE was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

London Bloggers

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Will the relaxtion of the rules on phone use open the floodgates to selfie madness at The National Gallery (Picture via Getty)

Will the National Gallery become selfie central after it removes the ban on photography to avoid confusion over visitors using the new Wi-Fi?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The television programme Whose Line is it Anyway? showcased the art of improv

Now that whole regiments of London comedians have dissolved in the festival mists north of the border it’s a good time to sample a different sort of humour.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Carlisle Bay in the Caribbean has 9 courts

Tennis anyone? Wimbledon might be over but that’s no reason to let the racket get dusty.

Quizzes

Can you guess the Tube station just from the outside? (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

How well do you know your Tube stations? Can you guess these Underground stops from the pictures taken outside them?

Read more
But which London?! [Photo courtesy of Basher Eyre]

You might know London like the back of your hand, but how well do you know the other Londons - and London landmarks - across the world?

Read more
The prize is glory (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

It used to be Manhattan that was famous for its majestic skyline, but now our fair city is catching up. Do you know your Shard from your Heron Tower?

Read more