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.
Step-free alternative routes across the river are available by use of the DLR as advised below.
During wet cleaning, there is a fair amount of water present but the tunnel and lifts remain open.
Location of the tunnels
The foot tunnels provide pedestrian links across the river at the following locations:
- Greenwich foot tunnel links Cutty Sark to Island Gardens, Tower Hamlets
- Woolwich foot tunnel links Woolwich to North Woolwich, Newham.
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.
History of the foot tunnels
Ever wondered how the foot tunnels came about?