Saturday, November 12th, 2011
The fourteen week consultation on London’s super sewer, the Thames Tunnel, started on the fourth of November. The new sewer is needed to tackle the growing problem of sewage entering the River Thames at times of heavy rainfall, when the Victorian sewer system simply can’t cope.
Thames Water have now detailed a list of updated sewer construction sites, which reflects on the feedback obtained from the first consultation process which ended in January.
The new proposed main tunnel drive sites are now:
• Carnwath Road Riverside in Fulham
• Chambers Wharf in Bermondsey
• Kirtling Street in Battersea
In addition to the main drive sites there will be further tunnel reception sites and seventeen other smaller construction sites needed to fulfil the tunnel plans.
The head of London Tideway Tunnels at Thames Water, Phil Stride, stated:
“We have been working hard to refine our original plans, where possible, in the light of the concerns people have raised with us. This has resulted in some significant changes, also reflecting our absolute determination to balance overall disruption with the equally important need to ensure that the price tag remains affordable for our customers.
“There are no easy choices when it comes to selecting construction sites, but our focus during this latest phase of consultation will be to work with communities around our revised list of preferred sites to ensure we understand and address their concerns effectively. It is particularly important that we listen to local people’s views on what individual sites should look and feel like after construction work has finished.”