Intended as a road tunnel linking Rotherhithe and Wapping, it was the first major tunnel in the world under tidal water. Work began in 1825, but was subject to many delays due to accidents, flooding and lack of finance. When opened in 1841, it was as a tunnel for pedestrians only, there being no money left for the approach ramps for vehicles. It was eventually converted for use as a rail tunnel, and is now part of the London Overground Network.
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