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Tunnel testimonial

DETAILS OF works on Brunel's Thames Tunnel in East London have been published in the latest issue of the ICE transport journal.

Members can read an account of how a £6.3M relining project was transformed when the 155 year old brick lined tunnel won a Grade II heritage listing on the eve of the works in March 1995.

The full architectural appearance of the tunnel - including 64 cross passages with Greek Doric-style arches - had to be preserved in the 200mm concrete lining.

According to the paper by Martin Roach of London Underground Infrastructure Consultancy Services, the final cost of strengthening work was £23.2M. The tunnel, which carries trains between Rotherhithe and Wapping on the East London line, re-opened to traffic after 25 months.

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