TFL have announced that from Monday 13th onwards, Rotherhithe Tunnel will be closed after 10pm until 5am on weekdays. These closures are in order to to carry out essential investigations into the effectiveness of the safety systems within the tunnel. The investigation is part of an ongoing plan to refurbish the tunnel, with the findings guiding the future development. Temporary traffic diversions, via Tower Bridge will be signed to direct the flow of traffic away from the tunnel.
This comes amid concerns about the ventilation within and around the tunnel, and what impact the fumes are having on the local environment, with this concern further increased due to the new plans for the development of homes on Albion Street, meters away from the tunnel entrance.
The tunnel will become accessible at night again in the week commencing Monday the 11th of December.