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Topic Title: Transport and closure of Blackwall tunnel
Topic Summary: Who is to blame
Created On: 25 May 2016 04:23 PM
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 25 May 2016 04:23 PM
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Who was to blame??? This sort of nonsense closure casts a bad light on our transport engineers.
The police will of course make a report on the closure to the ministry of transport but really a few drops of hydraulic fluid can be cleaned up by one person with a bucket and mop in half an hour.
This is the main motorway crossing tunnel connecting the London sides of M1 and M2 and as such its reopening is critical to traffic and should have been given the upmost priority.
Why hasn't the mayor fired someone??
Where is the government or EU directive that prioritises the reopening of major traffic routes?
We need an inquiry into this incident with severe penalties for those responsible for the delay.
 26 May 2016 05:43 PM
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According to the Evening Standard, it wasn't just a few drops. Instead a crane spilled a foot-wide trail of fluid along three quarters of the length of the tunnel.

And it didn't just require a bucket and mop - they re-surfaced the affected area of road.

S P Barker BSc PhD IEng MIET

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