Disused tunnels database

Current total: 629

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By clicking on the relevant column header, the database can be sorted by name, yardage, company or opening/closure dates. Hover over the abbreviated company name to see the full version. New tunnels are highlighted by a red tip; modified entries are in orange. More information or pictures - where available - is provided via the Link button.

Tunnels which were opened out either during or after the railway's period of operation are excluded. Only those that still exist - even if now buried - are listed.

(g) length determined using historical maps and Google Earth's measuring tool
~ scaled length/approximate year ? evidence uncertain
< earlier than/less than > later than/more than

Click on the icon on the right to search the database by map. Each tunnel is marked at the midpoint of a straight line drawn between its portals (which can prove deceptive if the tunnel is curved). No buried tunnels are shown.

Most of the tunnels on the database can be viewed in GoogleEarth by opening a .kml file developed by Antony Badsey-Ellis. Download the ZIP to your hard disk by clicking the icon, then extract the .kml file and open it using GoogleEarth.

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71
70
30
11
8
31
45
5
17
31
33
15
13
31
4
19
67
40
4
6
51
4
629
The Ws (51)
Waleswood
MS&L
64
2
1893
1967
Walker
NE
182
2
1879
1986
Walnut Tree (Garth)
Barry
490
2
1901
1963
The central section of Walnut Tree Tunnel has been breached by quarrying.
Walton-on-the-Hill No.1
CLC
229
2
1880
1975
Also known as Breeze Hill Tunnel
Walton-on-the-Hill No.2
CLC
643
2
1880
1975
Also known as Bedford Road Tunnel
Walton-on-the-Hill No.3
CLC
247
2
1880
1975
Also known as Hawthorne Road/Selwyn Street Tunnel
Wapping
L&M
2111
2
1830
1972
Wapping Tunnel was originally 2,250yds long but was opened out close to its west end to create a junction for the three Wapping Goods tunnels.
Wapping Goods Centre
L&M
112
2
1830
1965
This was originally part of Wapping Tunnel.
Wapping Goods North
L&M
77
2
1896
1965
Wapping Goods South
L&M
26
2
1896
1965
Warden
Mid
880
2
1857
1964
Waterloo No.1
LNW
852
2
1849
1972
Waterloo No.2
LNW
59(g)
2
1849
1972
Wath Road
S&K
62
2
1879
1965
Watnall (Kimberley)
GN
268
2
1875
1968
Watnall (Cantelupe)
Mid
151
2
1879
1954
Weedley
HB&WRJ
132
2
1885
1959
Well Heads
GN
662
2
1882
1963
Well Heads Tunnel could be reopened as part of the Great Northern Trail footpath/cycleway.
Wellington Road
CLC
246
2
1865
1980
Wellington Road Tunnel was mostly demolished in 2018 to make way for a new link road.
Wenvoe
Barry
1868
2
1889
1963
Werneth
L&Y
471
2
1847
2014
Having first closed in 2009, Werneth Tunnel reopened temporarily in 2012 as part of the Rochdale extension of Manchester Metrolink but closed again in January 2014.
West Cannock No.3 Clry [Hednesford]
WCCol
134(g)
2
<1900
<1954
West Dean
LBSC
445
1
1881
1953
West Dean No.2
LBSC
42(g)
1
1881
1953
West Egerton Street
L&Y
471
2
1898
1964
West Meon
LSW
538
2
1903
1955
West Park Street
L&Y
172
2
1898
1964
West Wemyss (Lochhead)
Wem
~794
1
~1875
1918
Whaley Bridge
C&HP
27(g)
1
1831
1952
Wheatley
HHL
819
2
1890
1960
Whitchurch
DN&S
45(g)
2
1885
1964
Whitecliff
Cole
55
1
1883
1967
Whitecross Street Goods
Mid
~100
2
1866
1936
Whitfield (Pitts Hill)
Cht Wht
404
1
1876
1964
Whitrope
Nth Brt
1208
2
1862
1969
Whitworth Road
L&Y
43(g)
1
1870
1967
Willsbridge
A&G
156
1
1831
1906
Windsor Hill Down
S&D
242
1
1874
1966
Windsor Hill Up
S&D
132
1
1892
1966
Winkhill
Nth Stf
22(g)
1
1905
1989
Winkhill Tunnel became operational again with the reopening of the Leekbrook-Cauldon Low line in 2010.
Winscombe Hill (Shuteshelf)
B&E
198
1
1869
1964
Withcall (Donnington)
L&L
971
1
1876
1956
Withnell Mill
LU/L&Y
36(g)
2
1869
1966
Wolverhampton Down
GW
377
1
1854
1983
Wolverhampton Up
GW
377
1
1854
1983
Woodhead Down
SA&M
5302
1
1845
1954
Woodhead New
BR
5346
2
1954
1981
Woodhead New includes a stope connecting it with Shaft No.5 of the adjacent Victorian tunnels, creating a second source of intermediate ventilation.
Woodhead Up
MS&L
5302
1
1852
1954
Woodside (Birkenhead)
GW/LNW
565
2
1878
1967
Woodville
Mid
307
1
1884
1964
Wormald Green
L&T
50
2
1848
1969
Wormit
Nth Brt
148
1
1879
1969

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