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tunnel fire records

Request ID: FOI-0639-2223
Date published: 04 July 2022

You asked

Dear Sir, I am working on a quantitative risk analysis model for UK road tunnels. To complete the model, I need the records of tunnel fires in UK road tunnels within the past 10 years. I could not find this data online. Is it possible to send me this data? Regards,

We answered

Our ref: FOI-0639-2223/GH

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 15 June 2022 asking for information about fires in UK road tunnels.

Your request will be considered in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. As previously advised, TfL only holds information relating to tunnels in London (not the wider UK); and only tunnels which are on the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) which we are responsible for.

Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. I can confirm that we do hold the information you require.

Please see below the number of tunnel fires recorded on the TLRN since 2012. The incidents were car fires (unless otherwise indicated):

2012/09/03   Limehouse Link. (skip lorry)
2013/28/06   Limehouse Link
2014/04/11   Limehouse Link (Road Traffic Collision & small car fire put out with extinguisher)
2015/22/04   Limehouse Link (car was just outside entry portal)
2016/26/10   Blackwall Southbound
2017/27/02   East India Dock Tunnel (Bus fire outside of tunnel but fumes drawn into tunnel by ventilation system),
2017/13/07   Blackwall Northbound at entrance portal
2017/01/08   Limehouse Link (van)
2018/21/02   Blackwall Northbound,
2018/28/07   Blackwall Northbound
2018/13/12   Blackwall Northbound
2019             None
2020             None
2021/09/04   Blackwall Northbound
2022/01/02   Blackwall Northbound.

Any tunnels not listed above have not had any fires recorded over the last ten years. The majority of the fires listed appear to have been caused by vehicle defect - mechanical or electrical, and not collisions.

If this is not the information you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact me.

If you are not satisfied with this response please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Graham Hurt
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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