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Union Street Tunnel

A disused railway tunnel in Greenock (Inverclyde), Union Street Tunnel opened in 1869 on the former Greenock & Ayrshire Railway, which connected Glasgow via Bridge of Weir to steamers docking at Princes Pier. Extending to 649m (2130 feet) this is the longest of four tunnels on what became a branch of the Glasgow and South Western Railway. Remarkably this tunnel passes over the Newton Street Tunnel (the longest railway tunnel in Scotland) at one point, at a depth of just 4.5m (15 feet) below the surface. Passenger services continued until 1965, thereafter freight services used the tunnel to convey containers to the Clydeport Terminal, but the line closed in 1991.


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