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Superb but surreal

By March 13, 2010News

Have you ever had a ‘superb but slightly surreal’ evening?

According to his Twitter page, that’s exactly what BoJo has experienced as the Mayor took part in a walk through the Thames Tunnel connecting Rotherhithe and Wapping. They’ve halted the East London line work, you see, in order to take 1500 people through the tunnel over the next couple of days. It’s over 140 years old and a lucky few will be able to walk through the tunnel before it starts carrying trains again.

Bozza said: “This is an entirely one off chance for the public to walk through the Thames Tunnel ahead of the reopening of the East London Line, which is running so well to time that we have been able to pause the works to allow for this moment in history.

“You cannot underestimate the importance of the pioneering engineering that went into the Thames Tunnel at the hands of Marc Isambard Brunel and his son, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. This tunnel is without doubt the forerunner to the tube and metros systems we know the world over and this is a great story of old and new London in tandem. What the legacy of this amazing tunnel, first of its kind, has taught us, is the need to always invest in transport infrastructure, the benefits of which are preserved for Londoners for generations to come.�

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