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LONDON UTILITY TUNNELS

They're what keep London working!

Story by passing.by December 1st, 2015

Like any city, London has a complex evolving infrastructure that supports the City and its citizens. Part of this infrastructure is a network of sub-surface tunnels that allow utilities to be run and worked on without disrupting the streets above.

Quite a few of these were built in Victorian times as the need arose to lay gas and water pipes in the City, and later they were used for electrical and telecommunication cables.

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Not really worthy of a page each, collectively they make quite a nice set of photos. There are more to discover that I will add to this page as and when I get the opportunity to visit them.

Above is a set of service tunnels around Shoe Lane, below is a set that runs under Rosebery Avenue.

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What I like about these tunnels is although they’re basically all serving the same purpose, they are all a bit different to each other. The largest set I’ve been in so far is pictured below, which is Cambridge circus. This has sections that run a lot deeper than most and those deeper sections are constructed from cast iron rings similar to the tunnels of the London Underground.

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This set below run under Kingsway and we visited these just after there had been a major fire due to some faulty cabling. You can see the evidence of this and the works they were undertaking to repair the damage.

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They’re cool places to visit for sure.