Thursday, 13 Jun 2024

Incredible picture of UK tunnel ‘to nowhere’ so bizarre people called it fake

Despite being opened over 30 years ago, social media users were quick to label an incredible photo of Conwy Tunnel in north Wales as Photoshop.

Photographer Phil Corley, from the Wirral, shared an aerial image of the road disappearing under the estuary online and it was quickly called a “fake”.

Phil used his drone to capture the tunnel from above. He flew it from the Conwy Estuary Trail on the Llandudno Junction side of the tunnel, merging five frames to create a vertical panorama.

He wanted to look across the estuary to Conwy Marina and to Anglesey in the distance. On the horizon is Puffin Island and Penmon.

“I’ve wanted to shoot this scene for ages,” Phil told NorthWalesLive. “I’d spotted a great drone image of another tunnel in Norway, so I checked Google maps to see what Conwy Tunnel looked like from above.”

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But social media users didn’t believe his picture of the tunnel next to the large body of water could be real.

“Is this really real?” wondered one woman. “Thought it was fake because it looked too nice,” said a man. 

Another visitor from across the border was just as adamant. “Gives the impression that it is a huge long thing that goes underwater. Photoshop,” he insisted.

Regular A55 travellers were just as incredulous, with one saying: “I don’t remember going under any tunnel that long, and we go to Anglesey regularly. Got to be Photoshopped? Surely?”

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“That’s an incredible photo,” said another. “Puts me off going through it!” 

Another local resident added: “Next time I drive through it, I will be much more aware of what is above my head and maybe put my foot down a bit.”

Conwy Tunnel was built in the late 1980s and was the UK’s largest road project at the time. It took five years to build and its team of 1,000 included 90 divers working 24-hour shifts.

It was chosen over a proposed bridge over the narrows of Deganwy as it would not disrupt views of Conwy Castle, Thomas Telford’s bridge and Stephenson’s box railway tunnel bridge.

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