Rotherhithe Tunnel Restrictions

Transport for London have advised us that vehicles more than 2 metres (6'6") high, 2 metres (6'6") wide or goods vehicles weighing more than 2 tonnes (gross vehicle weight) are not allowed to travel through the Rotherhithe Tunnel.

The Rotherhithe Tunnel was built in 1908 and was not designed to cope with modern levels of traffic. Detailed analysis of the ventilation system which would extract smoke and other dangerous fumes from the tunnel in case of a fire has shown that urgent repair work is needed, so these restrictions help to ensure that road users can continue to use the tunnel safely while plans are formulated for the tunnel's future.

Fines of up to £130 have been introduced for drivers who do not comply with the restrictions.

Please note that all of Kenhire's commercial vehicles (even the smallest vans) have a GVW over 2000kg, so none of our vans, dropsides or tippers are permitted through the tunnel. 

Drivers of vehicles that do not meet these restrictions should use Tower Bridge or the Blackwall Tunnel.

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