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Opening times and access


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).

  • Both foot tunnels are open 24 hours daily, but you should check current restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • There are stairs and lifts at each entrance.
  • Cyclists must dismount, without exception, when using the tunnels.

Please note that in the event of either of the tunnels being closed users may use the DLR at cost: During peak travel periods, however, cyclists may be denied access onto the DLR. 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. When the lifts are closed you can still access the tunnels using the stairs.

Service update: 25 March 

The council apologies for the inconvenience caused due to the continued out-of-service of the north lift at Greenwich Foot Tunnel.

We are working with our contractor who are doing everything they can do to restore the lift to working order, and apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause, especially for people with mobility issues.

Step-free alternative routes across the river are available by use of the DLR as advised below.

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

Location of the tunnels

The foot tunnels provide pedestrian links across the river at the following locations:

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

For safety and security, CCTV monitoring is in operation throughout the tunnels, stairs and lifts. 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 a 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 foot tunnel problem

History of the foot tunnels

Ever wondered how the foot tunnels came about?

Read about the history of the foot tunnels