Foot Tunnel, for James
I’ve been working in Argentina since last July & regular visit your site to keep unto date with happenings.
I’m figuring that since the Cutty Sark has since re-opened that the refurbished foot tunnel has also?
Have they done a good job? Have they refrained from installing barriers in the middle to prevent the odd silly cyclist from being a bit of an arse?(I really hope that have not messed with the tunnel too much!)
The Phantom replies:
Well James, your wish has been granted re. their not ‘messing with the foot tunnel too much’ – as you can see from Paul’s photo, they’ve done absolutely bloomin’ nothing with the tunnel itself – not even sending someone down with a bucket and sponge.
That isn’t quite the whole story though. The entrances are looking pretty handsome – here’s the south one from the Cutty Sark (the stuff around it is the preparations for the Queen’s visit last month)
and the lifts – well, they sort of work.
They look good inside, they’ve retained the wood panelling and they’ve got glass doors:
Sadly one of the doors smashed within days of it re-opening – I’ve heard it wasn’t vandalism, it was badly fitted, though I don’t know if that’s true.
The lift seems to be as intermittent as ever, frustrating the hell out of cyclists who have to carry bikes up and down steps that are still encased in wooden hordings, though the entire tunnel closing, forcing cyclists up to Rotherhithe, is thankfully rare. You need to keep an eye on the council’s twitter feed (@royal_greenwich) for random closures and lift malfunctions which given the amount of time and cash spent already, is a bit depressing.
I suspect that the tunnel will be magically sparkling by July, the date by which all civic projects must be finished – or they never will be…
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