Public walkways and tunnels aren’t always the most exciting of places. I often find graffiti and the odd homeless person in the foot passage near to my home. However I once stumbled upon a tunnel in London that passes from Greenwich town centre to the Isle of Dogs, and it completely changed my view of tunnels.
Opened in 1902, the tunnel is accessed through a dome structure next to the River Thames. To access the walkway you must travel the 50FT depth by spiral staircase or lift. The most impressive characteristic of the tunnel is the 200,000 white tiles that line the tube.
The rust and decay of the tunnel show its age, but also add further interest. Although I am probably in the minority, I enjoy the apparent peril of being in a rusting tunnel under tonnes of earth and gallons of water. At the far end of the tunnel is a constricted section, where extra steel has been added. This was after it was damaged in World War 2.
It is a shame that as much effort is not put in to public tunnels and underpasses as in the Victorian age. If you are ever in the Greenwich area, make sure to visit the Foot Tunnel, and experience the unique atmosphere for yourself.
Photos by Carl Pike