|The southern tunnel mouth|
The Cuilfail Tunnel is a tunnel carrying the A26. It bypasses Lewes in Sussex to the east - the Friends of Lewes say that the tunnel should have been extended to Earwig Corner instead of meeting the old road at its current location in the eastern suburbs of the town. The name of the tunnel comes from the Cuilfail area of Lewes. It was opened in 1980 and is a single carriageway tunnel through the chalk hillside.
On the roundabout at the northern end is a piece of roadside art commissioned to celebrate the opening of the tunnel - it is a spiral sculpture of Portland Stone that looks like a giant ammonite fossil. It was created by Peter Randall-Page and erected in 1983
The tunnel was renovated in 2009 at a cost of around £2m.
A ride through the tunnel
- Wrong Tunnel (04.09.2009)
- Sussex tunnel's £2.5m overhaul completed (27.03.2010)
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