London’s major tunnels closed across capital for ‘safety reasons’

Transport for London has closed ALL tunnels across the capital due to a "technical problem."

Blackwall Tunnel, Rotherhithe, East India Dock and Limehouse Link are all closed due to safety reasons.

A spokesman for TfL said: "Due to a technical problem, we have had to close all tunnels that we manage across London for safety reasons. This includes the Blackwall Tunnel, Rotherhithe, East India Dock, Limehouse Link and more.

"Please avoid all of these locations while we work hard to get them open again."

The Metropolitan police have also been asked to manage traffic by TFL at each tunnel to "assist motorists" and "turn them around safely."

The transport authority for London later confirmed all tunnels were shut down due to a momentary loss of CCTV.

Apologising for the delay, TFL said in a tweet: "The tunnels were closed briefly due to a loss of CCTV. We monitor each tunnel from this control room and we lost most (almost all) CCTV.

"As such, for safety reasons, we have to close the tunnels as they would be otherwise unmonitored.

"Apologies for the delay.

The delay is expected to cause a lot of disruption, but scores of Londoners are now working from home and no longer need services.

Mayor Sadiq Khan has told people they must stop using the London Underground for non-essential use due to the coronavirus outbreak.

He shared a video on Twitter that read: "Let me be clear: Londoners must stop all non-essential use of public transport now.

In the UK, there have been 144 deaths so far and more than 3,000 cases after the disease broke out in Wuhan, China, at the end of last year.

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