Vehicles more than 2 metres (6'6") high, 2 metres (6'6") wide or goods vehicles weighing more than 2 tonnes (maximum gross weight) are not safe to travel through the Rotherhithe Tunnel. Drivers that do not comply could be fined up to £130.
Drivers of goods vehicles, including vans, should use Tower Bridge or the Blackwall Tunnel, both of which are outside the Congestion Charging zone. Goods vehicles that do not meet the restrictions are not allowed to use Rotherhithe Tunnel.
At times that Tower Bridge is closed for overnight maintenance, Southwark Bridge can be used. Currently, the congestion charge does not apply during the hours that Tower Bridge is closed overnight. From 8 April 2019, an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be in place, operating 24 hours a day, every day of the year including weekends and public holidays. Visit the ULEZ website for more information.
The Rotherhithe Tunnel was built in 1908 and was not designed to cope with modern levels of traffic. In September 2018 we carried out a detailed analysis of the tunnel's ventilation system, which would extract smoke and other dangerous fumes in the event of a fire.
These restrictions are vital to ensure road users could continue to use the tunnel safely whilst we work on plans for the tunnel's future.