Greenwich

Foot tunnels

Greenwich and Woolwich foot tunnels

The Royal Borough's two foot tunnels at Greenwich and Woolwich are used by 1.5 million people a year (around 1.2 million in Greenwich and 300,000 in Woolwich).

The foot tunnels provide pedestrian links across the river.

  • Greenwich foot tunnel links Cutty Sark to Island Gardens, Tower Hamlets.
  • Woolwich foot tunnel links Woolwich to North Woolwich, Newham.

Opening times and access

  • Both foot tunnels are open 24 hours daily.
  • You can access the tunnels by stairs or the lift at each entrance.
  • Cyclists must dismount when using the tunnels.
  • For safety and security, CCTV monitoring is in operation throughout the tunnels, stairs and lifts.

Please note that during peak travel periods, cyclists may be denied access. Read more about crossing the river by bike.

Closures and maintenance

Any scheduled closures and maintenance of the foot tunnels or foot tunnel lifts are listed below.

The Greenwich foot tunnel south lift is currently closed. We expect it will remain out of operation until Tuesday 27 June 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Woolwich foot tunnel north lift is currently closed. We expect it will remain out of operation until Wednesday 28 June 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Wet cleaning

During wet cleaning, there is a fair amount of water present but the tunnel and lifts remain open.

  • Greenwich Foot Tunnel - first Tuesday (followed by Wednesday) of each month from 8pm to 10pm
  • Woolwich Foot Tunnel - second Tuesday (followed by Wednesday) of each month from 8pm to 10pm

Alternative routes

In the event of lift or tunnel closures, tunnel users may wish to use the following alternative routes:

  • Woolwich - DLR between King George V and Woolwich Arsenal or Woolwich Ferry
  • Greenwich - DLR between Cutty Sark and Island Gardens.

Report a problem

  • If there is an emergency requiring the emergency services, please call 999.
  • Help points are provided within the tunnels. These are monitored 24 hours daily.
  • If you notice a fault when using either tunnel - such as lift not working - please report it to us. We monitor these reports during normal working hours.
  • If the problem needs our urgent attention - for example if there is a safety risk - please call 020 8854 8888.

Report a problem with Greenwich Foot Tunnel or Woolwich Foot Tunnel