Blackwall Tunnel and Woolwich Ferry Delays

The Blackwall Tunnel is an alternative route to the A282 Dartford Crossing that you can take to cross the River Thames east of London. It’s located to the west of Dartford and can be a good option if you’re traveling between south-east and north-east London.

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Blackwall Tunnel Traffic Congestion

    There are currently no severe delays reported by TfL for the Blackwall Tunnel.

The busiest time in the northbound Blackwall tunnel on a weekday is from 07:00 – 07:30. In heavy traffic conditions, drivers’ journeys could be 15 minutes quicker if they travelled earlier between 06.30-07.00. The busiest time in the northbound Blackwall tunnel on a weekend is from 13.30 – 15.00. In heavy traffic conditions, drivers’ journeys could be 15 minutes quicker if they travelled earlier between 12.00-13.00.

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Latest Blackwall Tunnel Closure Status

  • Blackwall Tunnel Traffic Delays – Closure Status

    Blackwall Tunnel status: Good

    Traffic flow for the Blackwall Tunnel: No Exceptional Delays

The Blackwall Tunnel is a pair of road tunnels that travel underneath the River Thames in east London. The tunnels connect the London Borough of Tower Hamlets with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and are part of the A102 road. The western bore of the Blackwall Tunnel was constructed between 1892 and 1897 and was officially opened on May 22, 1897. The eastern bore was constructed between 1960 and 1967 and was opened on August 2, 1967.

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Old Blackwall Tunnel Entrance
Old Blackwall Tunnel Entrance

The northern portal of the tunnel lies just south of the East India Dock Road (A13) in Blackwall, while the southern entrances are just south of The O2 on the Greenwich Peninsula.

The closest alternative Thames crossing to the Blackwall Tunnel is the Woolwich Ferry, which is a free service that operates between Woolwich and North Woolwich.

Latest Woolwich Ferry Closure Status

  • Woolwich Ferry Closure Status

    Woolwich Ferry status:
    Planned Closure

    WOOLWICH FERRY: The Woolwich Ferry operates a one boat service from 0630 to 1900 on weekdays only. This will be improved to a two boat service from Monday 6 November, but with no service on Saturday and Sunday. On Public Holidays, a one boat service operates between 0700 and 1800.

    Sat 7th Jan 2023, 9:13AM UTC

The Woolwich Ferry links Woolwich and North Woolwich. It is free and carries pedestrians, cyclists, cars, vans and lorries. From Tuesday 3 January 2023, it operates a one-boat service from Monday to Friday, with two boats running subject to resourcing. Operating times are: Monday to Friday only 06:00-21:00. Service runs approximately every 15-20 minutes throughout the day.

Woolwich Ferry, River Thames London
Woolwich Ferry, River Thames London

There are vehicle restrictions on the ferry. The maximum height is 4.7 metres or 15.5 feet and the maximum width is 3.5 metres or 11.5 feet. Vehicles displaying Hazchem signs are prohibited.

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24 thoughts on “Blackwall Tunnel and Woolwich Ferry Delays”

  1. Flood in tunnel. Have been stuck for hours as police refuse to come out and control the traffic. Standstill. Everyone on wrong side of the road.

  2. I am flying from LCY for a 7.40 flight am I going to get stuck with the Blackwall Tunnel in the morning? I can’t take any more disruption after time I have had at Gatwick yesterday, this is my new flight!

  3. Hello, I travel thro the black wall tunnel at 6:30 am every Sunday morning. On a number of occasions it has been closed until 7am but sometimes it is open. Is there a schedule so as I can plan and set off earlier to go an alternative route. Because atm its a guess!
    This would be incredibly helpful.
    Best wishes,

  4. I work nights & most of the Sundays I stuck in front of the Blackwall tunnel before 0700 due to its repairs… Is this Every Sunday? Which other way I can go to Dartford from London please? As GPS is completely confused and can’t find any other way around?… I end up sitting in my car more then Hour after very busy Night Shift rushing home to get some sleep. Can u give me more info regards this Pls? Thx lots Madla

    1. what a stupid question. its closed every time there is an accident or breakdown, how does anyone know how often that will be?

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