Issue date: 28 March 2011
The Dudley Canal Tunnels, which run for several kilometres beneath the streets of Dudley, have been awarded a Red Wheel plaque by the Transport Trust. The award has been granted in recognition of ‘a unique complex of tunnels developed since 1778 for limestone and coal mining, for through navigation and increasingly for tourism’.
The Transport Trust is a national charity established to promote and encourage the preservation and restoration of Britain's unique transport heritage in all its forms - by air, land (road and rail) and water (sea and inland). The Red Wheel plaque is the most important award the Trust makes and the Dudley Canal Tunnels is the first Red Wheel site in the West Midlands.