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Woolwich River Crossing (Thamesmead)

Date range1965-1970
LocationLondon Metropolitan Archives (see all files stored here)
CatalogueSee entry
File baseFond GLC, subfond DG/PTI/P


More dry correspondence, in the main, thanks once again to the GLC/DG/PTI/P/05 series. We learn a few scraps of worthwhile information here, such as:

  • A toll of 2s. was considered and rejected, on the grounds that it would cause a large proportion of traffic to divert to the nearby, badly congested Blackwall Tunnels.
  • The method of construction was to be sunken pre-cast concrete sections.
  • One early plan was for three bores, in the configuration 3+2+3 lanes, but in the end four two-lane bores were chosen.
  • The motorway would have been dual four-lane throughout, with hard shoulders on both sides of both carriageways. At the tunnel mouth the hard shoulders were to finish and each carriageway would split in two.
  • A stayed girder bridge, carrying dual four lanes, was investigated but decided against.

There are frequent references to "attached plans" but, in the best tradition of archive documents, they aren't.

Contents of note

  • A neat summary report of the whole proposal.

Links to related files

GLC/DG/PUB/01/362 Thames Tunnel publication

People with camera copies

Chris Marshall has a copy of that nice report only.