Dudley Ward Way is a road tunnel through the south-eastern part of the Rock of Gibraltar. It is named after Sir Alfred Dudley Ward, Governor of Gibraltar from 8 June 1962 to 5 August 1965. The road running through the tunnel links the eastern side of The Rock (including Catalan Bay and Sandy Bay) via Sir Herbert Miles Road, with Europa Point, at the southern tip of Gibraltar via Europa Advance Road.

Dudley Ward Way
Southern entrance to Dudley Ward Way
Coordinates36°07′31″N 5°20′28″W / 36.125346°N 5.341174°W / 36.125346; -5.341174
StartBrian Navarro Way
EndEuropa Advance Road (Europa Point)
ClosedFebruary 18, 2002 (2002-02-18)
ReopenedNovember 2, 2010 (2010-11-02)
OwnerGovernment of Gibraltar
OperatorGovernment of Gibraltar
CharacterPublic highway
Length0.5 kilometres (0.31 mi)
No. of lanes2
Operating speed40 kilometres per hour (25 mph)
Width7 metres (23 ft)

Opening edit

Dudley Ward Way was built during the 1956–1968 period by the British Army.[1] After the end of military tunnelling and the departure of the Royal Engineer tunnellers the maintenance of the tunnel was transferred to the civilian authorities.

Closure edit

Following a rockfall on 18 February 2002 at the approach road to the tunnel from the North, which killed Gibraltarian Brian Navarro while he was travelling by car and exiting the tunnel, the Government of Gibraltar concluded that the risk of further such incidents was too great, and the tunnel was closed indefinitely.[2]

Reopening edit

In 2007, its reopening was suggested by the Government in order to ease traffic flow in the area of the new Rosia residential developments. Works on the stabilisation of The Rock's cliff began in summer 2009[3] and the tunnel reopened to traffic on 2 November 2010.[4] To commemorate Brian Navarro, who was killed following a rockfall at the approach road to the tunnel, a plaque was placed at the site and the section of road, from the Admiralty Tunnel entrance in Sandy Bay to Dudley Ward Way's northern entrance, renamed Brian Navarro Way.[4]

The total cost to the Government of the works to reopen the tunnel was £10.6 million.[4]

References edit

  1. ^ Edward P.F. Rose (2001). "Military Engineering on the Rock of Gibraltar and its Geoenvironmental Legacy". The environmental legacy of military operations. Geological Society of America. ISBN 0-8137-4114-9.
  2. ^ "Rockfall Mitigation. The Gibraltar Experience". Maccaferri. Archived from the original on 25 June 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Dudley Ward Way Tunnel should open next spring". Gibraltar Chronicle. 10 August 2009. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "Light at the end of Dudley Ward Tunnel". Gibraltar Chronicle. 1 November 2010. Archived from the original on 27 March 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2010.