Bell Common

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Bell Common
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Inside the Bell Common Tunnel
Bell Common is located in Essex
Bell Common
Bell Common
Bell Common shown within Essex
OS grid reference TL4401
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
51°41′N 0°05′E / 51.68°N 00.08°E / 51.68; 00.08Coordinates: 51°41′N 0°05′E / 51.68°N 00.08°E / 51.68; 00.08

Bell Common is a settlement in Essex, England and forms the southern part of the town of Epping.


The Bell Common Tunnel is a covered section of the M25 motorway in Bell Common. The route of the motorway at this point was forced into a very narrow gap between the ecologically important Epping Forest to the south and the settlements to the north. The decision was therefore made to put the motorway underground. The tunnel is 470 metres long[1] and was constructed between 1982 and 1984 using the cut and cover method.[2]