The World's longest Navigation Canal Tunnels
Country Tunnel Length Canal Year of construction Comment
France Le Rove 7 120 m Marseilles - Rhône 1911 - 1925 Closed in 1963
France "Le Grand Souterrain" 5 677 m de St. Quentin 1802 - 1810 Near Riqueval north east of Paris
England Standedge 5 210 m Huddersfield Narrow 1794 - 1811 2.4 m wide, 5.2 m high, 2.4 m water dept. Fully restored and opened to public in April 2001. 3 parallel railway tunnels
France de Mauvages 4 970 m de la Marne au Rhin Ouest 1838 - 1853 Approx. 50 km west of Nancy
France Balesmes 4 800 m de la Marne à la Saône   Near Langres, approx 60 km north of Dijon
France Ruyalcourt 4 354 m du Nord    
England Strood 3 595 m Thames & Medway 1819 - 1824 Railway since 1844
England Lapal 3 570 m Dudley No. 2 1798 9 feet wide and 9 feet high above water line. Unstable horse-shoe-profile. Closed to navigation by roof fall in 1917
England Sapperton 3 488 m Thames & Severn 1784 - 1789 Reopened 21.09.1996
France Pouilly-en-Auxois 3 333 m de Bourgogne 1825 - 1832 Approx 35 km west of Dijon
England Dudley 2 884 m Dudley No. 1 1785 - 1792  
England The New Dudley   Dudley 1988 - 1990  
England Blisworth 2 794 m Grand Union 1805  
England Netherton 2 768 m Netherton Branch 1855 - 1858 Birmingham. Reopened to navigation: 17.04.1984
England Harecastle 2 675 m Trent & Mersey 1824 - 1827 The "new" tunnel on Grand Trunk
England Harecastle 2 650 m Trent & Mersey 1766 - 1777 9 feet wide. Abandoned after 50 years
England Norwood 2 633 m Chesterfield Canal 1771 - 1775 Roof collapse in 1907
England Wast Hills 2 492 m Worcester & Birmingham 1791 - 1815 Also named Kings Norton tunnel
France ? 2 400 m de l'Oise à l'Aisne   10 km south of Laon
France d'Arzviller 2 306 m de la Marne au Rhin 1838 - 1853 East of Sarrebourg
England Oxenhall 2 000 m Herefordshire & Gloucestershire 1793 - 1798 Gloucester - Ledbury section. Closed 1865
England Braunston 1 867 m Grand Union    
Norway Stad 1 790 m Stad Project  
England Foulridge summit 1 500 m Leeds & Liverpool    
France ? 1 400 m de Morge   20 km southeast of Troyes
England Crick 1 394 m Grand Union    
France Chérimont 1 330 m de la Haute-Saône   Ronchamp - Essert (Belfort)
Belgium Seneffe 1 282 m Old Charleroi 1882 - 1885  
France ? 1 200 m de l'Aisne à la Marne   Southeast of Reims
England Preston Brook 1 133 m Trent & Mersey   The Grand Trunk
England Greywell 1 124 m     400 feet below Greywell Hill. Closed
France Tronquoy 1 097 m de St. Quentin 1795 - 1803 "Le Petit Souterrain"
England Husband's Bosworth 1 066 m Grand Union    
France Panneterie 1 000 m du Nord   Between Ham and Noyon

List of canal tunnels:

List of canal tunnels < 1 000 m

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