Councils consider allowing cycling in Woolwich foot tunnel

PUBLISHED: 10:37 12 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:37 12 September 2017

Cycling is currently prohibited in the Woolwich foot tunnel

Cycling is currently prohibited in the Woolwich foot tunnel


Cycling could be allowed through the Woolwich foot tunnel should the councils in charge of it agree to change century-old by-laws.

The foot tunnel, which links Woolwich and North Woolwich, is jointly owned by Newham and Greenwich councils although it is managed by the latter.

Greenwich Council believes that the laws, which prohibit cycling and were last updated in 1938, should be updated to more accurately reflect modern life.

Councillors in the south east London borough have already voted to start the process of amending the by-laws, which would provide discretion to allow cycling at certain times.

A Newham Council spokeswoman said the borough had been approached by Greenwich Council about changing the by-laws, which were introduced in 1902.

She said: “This is currently being looked at by officers at the council and a report is being prepared for a cabinet decision later this year.”

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