The Woolwich foot tunnel
is a tunnel
crossing under the River Thames
in South East London
in the London Borough of Greenwich
to North Woolwich
in the London Borough of Newham
. The tunnel offers pedestrians an alternative way to cross the river when the Woolwich Ferry
service is not operating.
The tunnel was designed by Sir Maurice Fitzmaurice and built by Walter Scott & Middleton for London County Council and opened in 1912. In many respects it is very similar to the nearby Greenwich foot tunnel, being accessed by lifts and stairs from buildings featuring glass domes. This tunnel too is glazed with white tiles (although many have been defaced).
The tunnel has been fitted with a leaky feeder system to permit operation of mobile phones.
The tunnel is 504 metres long.
Its creation owed much to the efforts of working-class politician Will Crooks
who had worked in the docks and, after chairing the LCC's Bridges Committee responsible for the tunnel, would later serve as Labour MP for Woolwich
The lift service operates Monday to Saturday, 7.30am to 6pm and Sunday, 9am to 4.30pm.
The south entrance is now somewhat hidden behind the Waterfront leisure centre.