The Greenwich Foot Tunnel opened in August 1902 so that south London residents could go to work in the docks on the Isle of Dogs. The tunnel provides pedestrian access between Greenwich and Island Gardens, across the River Thames. The Isle of Dogs, Greenwich and the Greenwich Foot Tunnel comprises, edited and manipulated field recordings and recorded conversations with people living and/or working either side of the Greenwich Foot Tunnel.
"When I started studying at Goldsmiths, I began using the Greenwich Foot Tunnel frequently as part of my cycle route between East and South East London. For many London cyclists, the tunnel serves as an alternative to busy road crossings or public transport and consequently the tunnel and the two communities it connects is a busy thoroughfare for cyclist in London especially during typical commuter hours.
One morning, I asked a lift attendant what time the tunnel shut. He informed me that “the tunnel stays open all night but the lift shuts at seven” following with, “there is CCTV so when you come through at night and something happens to you, you can call the number and they can look it up on the video.” Since then I have frequently used the tunnel at night and enjoy riding through alone. If itʼs later than 10pm Iʼm often the only person using the tunnel, but other cyclists, men or couples also frequently passing through late into the night.
As of yet I have never needed to use “the number” however the process of carrying my bike down into the tunnel without knowing what or whom is at the bottom, or on the other staircase, is somewhat intimating and therefore also exciting and although rationally I presume that using the tunnel is much safer than using a busy road bridge, using the tunnel late at night induces more fear."