Projects & Energy: Taking the toll
In 2003 the AA Motoring Trust labelled the northbound bore of the Blackwall Tunnel the fourth most dangerous tunnel in Europe. Major concerns included a lack of lay-bys, emergency lanes and emergency lighting and no automatic closure of tunnels or activation of fire ventilation after a blaze is detected. In fact, the northbound bore of the tunnel, still in use today, was designed for horses and completed in 1897 - high vehicles using the tunnel today have to keep to the left-hand lane so that they do not hit the tunnel's inner lining.
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