London’s Blackwall Tunnel CLOSED after vehicle overheats and catches fire – traffic latest –

In its latest update TfL warned drivers to seek other routes after the transport authority was forced to close the tunnel.

Initially the northbound part of the tunnel was closed but Tfl has now confirmed both directions have been closed.

Traffic on the A102 is stationary in the lead to and from Blackwall tunnel

Tfl in a series of tweets said: “There is a vehicle on fire in the tunnel. Use other routes.

“The tunnel is now closed in both directions.

“Traffic is stationary on both approaches. It is not expected to re-open anytime soon.

“Seek alternative routes.”

In a post nine minutes earlier, TfL confirmed that traffic was at a standstill due to the vehicle being on fire but that the southbound tunell was still open, albeit with heavy delays. 

It had tweeted: “If you are heading northbound on the A102 towards Blackwall Tunnel, traffic is stationary due to a vehicle fire in the tunnel. 

“Seek alternative routes. The southbank tunnel is open with long delays.”

At 7.09 pm, TfL then confirmed that the fire had been put out and followed this with a further update to say the southbound part of the tunnel has reopened but that closures remain northbound.

More to follow. 

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