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RogerBW
RogerBW
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 4:04pm

The name of the road is perfect, of course. But I thought this was for the Rotherhithe tunnel rather than the Thames?

I will confess to a soft spot for the Blackwall Tunnel air shafts (which have been used as a “nuclear reactor” in at least one TV show):

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6237/6244620758_2c29a3f55e.jpg

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  RogerBW
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 10:23am

But I thought this was for the Rotherhithe tunnel rather than the Thames?

Doh, you’re right! They’re two different tunnels. It was the name of the station (Rotherhithe) through which we accessed the Thames Tunnel that confused me.

I might have to go see that Blackwall shaft with my own eyes. Did someone think that looked cool? Or were they deliberately going for a postapocalyptic chic?

RogerBW
RogerBW
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 10:32am

The vents were designed by Terry Farrell in 1964 for the second Blackwall tunnel (the one that’s now southbound), and I think he was trying to catch the spirit of the era, or something along those lines. They are now listed structures (since 2000).