Cabinet agrees way ahead for foot tunnels refurbishment

Published Friday, 12 October 2012

The Royal Borough is seeking a new contractor to complete the project.

The Cabinet of the Royal Borough of Greenwich considered a report on 17 October to review the refurbishment of the two foot tunnels under the River Thames and agreed a course of action to allow the work to be completed as quickly as possible.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich shares the frustration of pedestrians and cyclists over the time taken to complete this project and, whilst both tunnels remain open, we apologise for the unacceptable delays to this work.

The council is now in the process of procuring a new contractor to complete the project and is taking legal advice from a firm of specialist construction lawyers on the best route to recover the additional costs from the contractors.

Refurbishment of the tunnels has been ongoing since 2010. The project has suffered severe delays and has resulted in the council changing contractors to facilitate the completion of the work.

Our overriding priority is to ensure that the works are completed as quickly as possible so that these important river crossings can be restored to full use.

Read the foot tunnels report and decision (Items 13 and 14)