Blackwall Tunnel resurfaced after major fuel spillage

Highways Reporters

Transport for London (TfL) were forced to close the northbound Blackwall Tunnel for most of Tuesday (24 May) after leaking fluid from a mobile crane caused damage to a 1.1km stretch of the carriageway.

Resurfacing was required immediately to repair the surface and make it safe for drivers following a large spillage of fuel and hydraulic fluid. Contractors were on-site all morning cleaning the fluid and preparing the road for resurfacing.

Garrett Emmerson, TfL's chief operating officer, surface transport, said: “A major fuel and hydraulic fluid spillage – three quarters of the length of the tunnel – was discovered shortly before 7am, making the tunnel unsafe. We have seen on CCTV footage that the spillage was caused by a crane being carried on a lorry and will be investigating further.”

The tunnel reopened to traffic this morning (25 May).
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