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Report - The Limehouse Link Tunnel – East London – Oct 2015

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by mockney reject, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. mockney reject

    mockney reject 28DL Regular User
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    The History



    The Limehouse Link tunnel is a 1.1 mile long tunnel in the Limehouse area of east London on the A1203 road which links the northern approach of Tower Bridge with a point just north of Canary Wharf in London Docklands. Built between 1989 and 1993 at a cost of £293 million it is currently (as of June 2011) the most expensive road scheme in Britain per mile working out at £50,500 per foot at 2011 prices. It is the second largest non-estuarial road tunnel in the UK, after the Hindhead Tunnel in Surrey.

    During the early 1980s, it was clear that the existing road infrastructure serving the Isle of Dogs development zone had no spare capacity, and the Limehouse Link formed the western part of improvements proposed by the London Docklands Development Corporation. Planning started in 1986, the designers were the Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners. The design of the tunnel approaches and portal buildings was carried out by Anthony Meats and Rooney O'Carroll Architects as part of an overall consultancy on the LDDC highway infrastructure programme. Construction began in November 1989 and the tunnel project was officially opened in May 1993. At the time it was the second biggest engineering project in Europe after the Channel Tunnel.

    Balfour Beatty and Amec formed a joint venture to build the tunnel. Called 'Balfour Beatty Fairclough Joint Venture. The project involved 5 million man hours over 193 weeks.

    The tunnel is actually twin parallel tunnels built by the cut-and-cover method, with the tunnels under waterways built bottom-up behind temporary cofferdam walls. The western portal of the tunnel is at the eastern end of The Highway (A1203), just east of its junction with Butcher Row. The Highway runs along the line of the Rotherhithe Tunnel for a short distance; the northern portal of that tunnel lies just north of the Link tunnel entrance. Heading east, the tunnel passes under the north side of Limehouse Basin, turns south-east to pass underneath Limekiln Dock and Dundee Wharf close to the embankment walls of the River Thames before turning north-east under Westferry Road. The eastern portal to the tunnel, emerging onto the A1261 Aspen Way, is just north of the Canary Wharf development, near West India Quay DLR station. Through the Blackwall area, the eastern extremity of Aspen Way includes a flyover crossing of a roundabout close to the line of the twin tunnels of the Blackwall Tunnel.


    The Explore

    What started off as a night on the town, ended up with this interesting little distraction. Whilst sat in traffic myself, @slayaaaa @oakley @Urban Diaries & @mrstewie where just gassing about the jam we were sat in and then came up to the reason for the jam. The Limehouse link tunnel was closed for work Hmmm……

    Various comments were bounced around the car as to how cool it would be to have a nose inside it. Well before the others could say turn around I was already pointing down a side street and backing my way back out and heading towards the tunnel.

    We decided on a prime parking spot at the front of the nearby Holiday Inn and approached the tunnel entrance. We got a little spooked by the Transit pick-up with a workman in until we realised at in the early hours of the morning he was soundo.

    So in we went…….


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  2. Adders

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    Erm, not sure this really an explore, is it? It's a road tunnel.
     
  3. Urban Diaries

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    Cool report man :)
     
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    Is this a fucking wind up?

    Access must've been difficult

    :coat
     
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    Shut it @Adders, just because you've never been underground. Shouldn't this be in NP @admin??
     
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  7. obscurity

    obscurity Flaxenation of the G!!!
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    Epic....Respect for cracking this. Can't believe none of the London scene have done it. Huge risk of getting run down by a car in this one if you don't look before crossing the road. Fuck the LU, this must have been fully adrenaline fuelled. :thumb
    @The_Raw and @Adders - you boys dipped right out on this one :thumb
     
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  8. Adders

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    I've decided to drop out mate, simply can't hack it any more.
     
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  9. Seffy

    Seffy Bally up lads!
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    I've even urbexed this in my car before, that must get UE points surely??
     
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    I explored Oxford Street at the weekend. Someone must have already spunked it online though, it seemed as if the tourist bus had turned up before I got there.
     
  11. WhoDaresWins

    WhoDaresWins Let's do this
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    It's an easy mistake to make, I've just tried to urbex a bypass thinking it was some new metro construction..
     
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    I'm pretty sure I've driven through this too.
     
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  14. Adders

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    Pics or it didn't happen.
     
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