Public meeting organised for proposed King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore site

Next month Thames Water is holding a public meeting for local people to have their say on the preferred Thames Tunnel site at King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore. This follows three drop-in events held at Glamis Hall on 23, 24…

Water industry debates Thames Tunnel

Water experts from across London on Wednesday night (14 December) debated the Thames Tunnel – and rejected a motion suggesting controlling rainwater near source would be a more cost-effective alternative. The debate at the Society of Chemical Industry in Belgrave Square was organised…

CABE review highlights ‘positive legacy’

Design Council Cabe has responded to our consultation. The response highlights the ‘significant opportunity to use design to inspire more Londoners to take advantage of the Thames and encourage a new appreciation of this great national asset’. To read their…

Consultation round-up

Five weeks after the launch, our phase two public consultation is in top gear. So far in December, we have held drop-ins at five different locations across the capital, from Parsons Green in the west, over to Stratford and Beckton…

Thames Tunnel proposals in the spotlight at Royal Festival Hall

The Thames Tunnel consultation roadshow is making an extra, pre-Christmas stop at the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank. Project staff will be able to answer questions on the need for the project and specific issues relating to proposed…

Early doors at ‘Supersewer Summit’

We will be arriving early for Hammersmith & Fulham council’s ‘Super Sewer Summit’ on Wednesday (7 December). To give people extra time to ask us questions, our project team will be in the foyer at Hurlingham and Chelsea Secondary School…

Tower Hamlets locals have their say at Glamis Hall

The revised Thames Tunnel plans for a worksite based in the river foreshore next to King Edward Memorial Park (KEMP) in Shadwell came under the scrutiny of locals at a drop-in held at the nearby Glamis Hall in Cable Street…

Debating Chambers

Approximately 50 people attended the opening day of our Thames Tunnel drop-in consultation event at the Beormund Community Centre, near the proposed major construction site at Chambers Wharf, Bermondsey. Visitors included representatives from ‘Save Your Riverside’, a local group opposed…

New consultation events for Fulham

More Thames Tunnel consultation events are in the pipeline for Fulham. Following a request from South Fulham RATS (Residents Against Thames Sewer), we are staging an extra drop-in exhibition on 15 and 16 December (2pm-8pm). This will be at the…

Consultation, consultation, consultation

Our biggest week yet of Thames Tunnel consultation events starts today. This afternoon our latest drop-in exhibitions open at the WWT London Wetland Centre (Queen Elizabeth Walk, SW13 9WT) and the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home (4 Battersea Park Road,…

Debate in Deptford

Campaigners from ‘Don’t Dump On Deptford’s Heart’ presented a petition of over 800 signatures at the Thames Tunnel consultation drop in at the Creekside Centre on Saturday (19 November). Local residents Liberty Mosse and Oliver Seal, supported by other members…

The first week of phase two consultation

Since we launched the second phase of consultation a week ago, we have been busy briefing local groups and other stakeholders to gather feedback on our revised plans for the Thames Tunnel. On Tuesday (8 November), Phil Stride (Head of…

Have your say on revised plans for ‘Supersewer’

Updated Thames Tunnel proposals feature reduced use of greenfield sites. Plan for 90 per cent of soil from main tunnel ‘drive sites’ to be transported away by barge or rail. Project set to boost economy, directly creating an estimated 4,000…

Selborne report fails to deliver a credible alternative to proposed ‘Supersewer’

The report by Lord Selborne’s Thames Tunnel Commission fails to provide a viable, economic or timely alternative to tackle the annual 39 million tonnes of untreated sewage that overflows into the River Thames from London’s Victorian sewers, Thames Water said…

Our response to today’s BBC London story

Detailed and independently chaired studies have identified the Thames Tunnel as the most economical way to deal with the 39 million tonnes of sewage that overflows to the River Thames in a typical year.   The other potential solutions that have been…

Phase two consultation timetable – update

Phase two consultation on our revised plans for the proposed Thames Tunnel are now due to begin on Friday 4 November 2011 and last for 14 weeks (till 10 February 2012) . The launch announcements will feature details of local…

Drop-in sessions for Tideway Walk alternative

In phase one of our public consultation (13 September 2010 – 14 January 2011) we highlighted our preferred route and sites for the project. This included the proposed use of our Heathwall Pumping Station and land at the adjacent Tideway…

Phil Stride receives submission and petition from Fulham campaigners

A delegation representing Residents Against the Sewer in Fulham met last week with Thames Water’s Head of London Tideway Tunnels Phil Stride and Director of External Affairs and Sustainability Richard Aylard to put their concerns about the possible selection of…

Update on timing of phase two public consultation

To avoid a clash with half term week in late October, we are now working towards launching phase two public consultation in early November. Lasting 14 weeks, it will give everyone a chance to comment on our revised scheme and…

Our response to Chris Binnie comments on shorter tunnel option

The study chaired by Professor Binnie concluded in 2006. Since then we have undertaken extensive further work to verify that the proposed Thames Tunnel is an essential part of the solution required to tackle rising levels of untreated sewage discharged…

Festival feedback

Visitors to the Thames Festival ‘Blue Ribbon Village’ at City Hall (10 – 11 September) gave their feedback on the proposed Thames Tunnel – with opinions divided. An information stand gave the festival crowds a chance to find out more…

Come and see us at the Mayor’s Thames Festival

If you want to know more about the Thames Tunnel, come and visit our information stand at this year’s Mayor’s Thames Festival 2011 (10-11 September). Members of our project team will be on hand to answer questions and explain the…

Update on timing for phase two public consultation

We now expect phase two of our public consultation to begin in late October or early November, and last for 14 weeks. Our target has always been the autumn, and we had originally hoped that we might be able to…

Exceptional Hardship Procedure (EHP)

We have established a process for reviewing the cases of people who can prove they urgently need to sell their property, but are unable to do because of the Thames Tunnel, as currently proposed, and that they are suffering exceptional…

Phil Stride receives petition from Stop the Shaft

Phil Stride, Head of London Tideway Tunnels, met with members of Stop the Shaft at Barn Elms yesterday. He received a petition outlining the group’s concerns over proposed plans to use Barn Elms Playing Fields for a main tunnel construction…

Positive feedback at Kirtling Street drop-in

We held drop-in sessions at Battersea Park on Monday 15 August and Tuesday 16 August 2011 to evaluate alternative plans to construct the Thames Tunnel. In phase one of our public consultation, we proposed to use our Heathwall Pumping Station…

Drop-in sessions for Tideway Walk alternative

In phase one of our public consultation (13 September 2010 – 14 January 2011), we proposed to use our Heathwall Pumping Station and the Tideway Walk industrial estate to construct the main tunnel. During this time, proposals of a new…

Large turnout at Acton Storm Tanks drop-ins

Over 240 local residents attended our Acton Storm Tanks drop-in sessions at the Scout Hut, Rugby Road. We held the sessions to gather local people’s views on a possible change to our tunnelling strategy, which could mean a new layout,…

Alternative plans for Acton Storm Tanks site

A possible change to our tunnelling strategy could mean a new layout, larger shaft and bigger construction area for our proposed work site at Acton Storm Tanks in Warple Way, Ealing (pictured). At Phase One of our public consultation (13…

Defra consultation on ‘nationally significant’ infrastructure

Yesterday, the  Government began a consultation to include major sewers, such as the Thames Tunnel, within the existing planning process that is used for major infrastructure projects. Defra are proposing that wastewater transfer and storage infrastructure projects with a capacity…

Council depot offers new option at Cremorne Wharf

Last night Thames Water’s Director of External Affairs and Sustainability, Richard Aylard, updated residents in Chelsea about our proposals for Cremorne Wharf Foreshore worksite. Richard Aylard said: “During our phase one consultation local residents raised concerns about our proposals to…

The case for the Thames Tunnel – in words, in pictures, on film

The case for the proposed Thames Tunnel is set out in a new report, accompanying online film and computer animation, all unveiled today by Thames Water. They were launched at a meeting in Westminster with leading representatives of the boroughs…

The darker side of river life by Debbie Leach

Debbie Leach (pictured), chief executive of the river clean up charity Thames21, explains why she is backing the proposed Thames Tunnel. On Thursday evening, I was out on the Thames with the local canoe club. It was a perfect, west…

Another view – Andy Triggs Hodge

This week, we’ve handed over our regular Fulham Chronicle column, debating the Thames Tunnel with ‘Residents Against Thames Sewer’ (RATS), to the Olympic gold medal-winning rower, Andy Triggs Hodge. Here’s what he has to say: As I regularly row on…

Drop-ins for Druid Street alternative

We’re considering expanding our pumping station in Maguire Street, Shad Thames (pictured), as a possible alternative to using St John’s playground in Druid Street, for the construction and operation of the proposed Thames Tunnel project. Both locations are on the…

Have your say on Heckford Street alternative

We’re assessing land at Heckford Street, Wapping, as a possible alternative to using the foreshore at King Edward Memorial Park (KEMP) for the construction and operation of the proposed Thames Tunnel. At Phase One of our public consultation (13 September…

Spotlight on south east London options for ‘Supersewer’

Around 100 people from Greenwich and Deptford attended drop-in sessions (24 and 25 June 2011) to discuss two new possible options for connecting local ‘combined sewer overflows’ (CSOs) to the proposed Thames Tunnel. Held at the Creekside Discovery Centre in…

Down by the riverside on Father’s Day

A Father’s Day visit to the riverside at Walton on Thames was the opportunity for anglers, cyclists, walkers and others to find out more about the proposed Thames Tunnel. The project team was by Walton Bridge for an event organised…

Following in Bazlagette’s footsteps

Sir Joseph Bazalgette is one of London’s forgotten heroes. Over 150 years ago, he had the vision and determination to create the city’s modern sewerage network. His critics said his plans were too expensive. Costing the equivalent of about £3bn…

New ‘Supersewer’ construction options in Deptford and Greenwich

We’re holding drop-in sessions for Deptford and Greenwich residents to comment on two new possible options for connecting ‘combined sewer overflows’ (CSOs) to the proposed Thames Tunnel. Since our Phase One public consultation closed (14 January 2011), we have identified:…

Drop-ins for possible new Wandsworth CSO connection sites

Drop-in sessions designed to gather views on two new possible CSO connection sites in Wandsworth opened today at York Gardens Library and Community Centre (Lavender Road, SW11 2UG). They continue at the same venue tomorrow (10am – 8pm). The sessions’…

West London fish kill following Sunday’s rain

Martin Baggs, chief executive of Thames Water, said: “We very much regret the fish kill and other environmental damage resulting from the recent discharges of storm sewage to the tidal River Thames. These problems are always particularly bad after a…

New report on options suggested by ‘SaveKEMP’

Our engineers have completed an assessment of alternative sites proposed by Wapping residents opposed to the use of King Edward Memorial Park to connect a local combined sewer overflow (CSO) to the proposed Thames Tunnel. Copies of the report, discussed…

New options for two CSO’s in Wandsworth

We’re holding drop-in sessions (13 and 14 June 2011) for Wandsworth local residents to comment on two new possible options for connecting combined sewer overflows (CSOs) in the borough to the proposed Thames Tunnel. Since our Phase One public consultation…

Major sewage discharges to River Thames

Downpours across the capital (Thursday 26 May) triggered large discharges of untreated sewage into the River Thames through central London. Hammersmith Pumping Station alone released around 130,000 tonnes of sewage, enough to fill over 50 Olympic size swimming pools, as…

Diary dates

Forthcoming events where you can find out more about the Thames Tunnel and the wider London Tideway Improvements needed to tackle sewage in the river. 3 June, 7pm: Public meeting with ‘Save King Edward Memorial Park’ (St Peter’s School, Garnet…

Getting to grips with jobs and skills agenda

The Thames Tunnel’s potential jobs and skills legacy for Londoners was centre stage at a special forum attended by politicians and Education professionals from across the capital (23 May). Over 40 delegates attended the half-day session, hosted by the London…

Flow, flow, quick, quick flow?

World-leading River Thames experts at HR Wallingford in Oxfordshire are helping Thames Tunnel engineers understand the impacts the project might have on flows in the river.They have created two large-scale models replicating stretches of the river from Lambeth to Southwark…

Borehole rigs are back in river to gather more geological data

Two Thames Tunnel rigs are drilling boreholes along the River Thames to gather more information about ground conditions under the river and near proposed work sites. This new wave of ground investigations will our help our engineers develop the best…

Dickens Estate briefing on Chambers Wharf option

The AGM of the Dickens Estate Residents and Tenants Association in Bermondsey last night (12 May) heard an update on the possibility nearby Chambers Wharf could be a major construction site for the Thames Tunnel. Nick Tennant and Derek Arnold…

London biodiversity under the microscope

The impact of the Thames Tunnel on London’s ecosystems was under the microscope (12 May) at a London Biodiversity Partnership conference, held at Wandsworth Town Hall. Ecological experts from across the capital heard Stephanie McGibbon from the project’s Environment team…

Reporting back to Rotherhithe

Rotherhithe Community Council’s latest meeting (Wednesday 27 April) will include an update from the Thames Tunnel project. Nick Tennant, deputising for Phil Stride, Head of London Tideway Tunnels at Thames Water, will report back on the status of the site selection process…

Boris on King Edward Memorial Park

Today’s Evening Standard reports that Mayor Boris Johnson has written to Thames Water, asking us to look into suggestions made by locals opposed to Thames Tunnel proposals affecting King Edward Memorial Park (KEMP) in Wapping. The Thames Tunnel is urgently…

Bazalgette is watching them!

Independent design experts have been reviewing early plans for above-ground structures potentially needed for the Thames Tunnel – under the watchful eye of the Victorian engineer who masterminded the capital’s modern day sewerage network. On a recent fact-finding tour of…

Jacob’s Island Residents Association AGM

Over 60 members of the Jacob’s Island Residents Association, Bermondsey, last night had their chance to question Phil Stride about the potential use of Chambers Wharf as a major construction site for the Thames Tunnel. The Head of London Tideway…

Question time in south Fulham

The local council leader, MP and London Assembly Member joined about 350 others for a Thames Tunnel question time with Phil Stride in south Fulham last night. Chaired by Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh, the leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith…

Press release: Thames Tunnel consultation – results in

Thames Water has today (31 March) published  a report on the four month phase one public consultation on the proposed Thames Tunnel. The ‘super sewer’ is urgently required to help tackle the 39 million tonnes of sewage discharged into the River Thames…

Don’t forget: Carnwath Road Riverside drop-ins this week

Our public drop-in sessions on the potential for Carnwath Road Riverside in south Fulham to be a major construction site for the Thames Tunnel open on Wednesday 6 April (till Thursday 7 April). The sessions will run from 4pm to 8pm at Hurlingham and Chelsea Secondary School in nearby…

Stride scrutinises Victorian sewer ventilation structure

A west London sewer ventilation pipe erected by the Victorians came under Phil Stride’s scrutiny on Saturday (26 March). On his way back from the Boat Race in Chiswick, the Head of London Tideway Tunnels spotted the original feature (pictured),…

Tunnel is curtain raiser for Boat Race crowds in Chiswick

River dwellers, ‘water walkers’ and tourists from as far a field as North America were all among the spectators visiting the Thames Tunnel’s information stand at the Boat Race today (26 March). Around 200 people took time out from watching…

Dan dares to descend into sewers at Hammersmith

Historian and rower Dan Snow has been deep under Hammersmith to find out more about the proposed Thames Tunnel. Dan’s report, filmed earlier this month in the sewers close to Hammersmith Pumping Station in Chancellors Road, will be broadcast as…

Come and see us at the Boat Race on Saturday

The Thames Tunnel team will be out answering questions from the crowds gathering to watch the Boat Race on Saturday (26 March). A project information stand outside The Pier House, Corney Reach Way in Chiswick (W4 2UG) will be staffed…

Putney pickings

Volunteers blitzed the foreshore in Putney today (20 March) as part of charity Thames21’s ‘Deep Clean’ 2011. Approximately 100 people gave up their Sunday morning to gather trash exposed by the lowest tides of the year. Items rescued from the…

Tunnel summit at Tower Hamlets Town Hall

Local politicians from across the political spectrum attended a briefing on the Thames Tunnel at Tower Hamlets Town Hall (16 March). Those attending included London Assembly Member John Biggs (pictured) and London Waterways Commissioner Cllr Stephanie Eaton, who chaired the…

More briefings in pipeline for Chambers Wharf locals

More briefings are in the pipeline for locals to have their say on the potential for Chambers Wharf to be a major construction site for the Thames Tunnel. The project team will be attending the Jacob’s Island Residents’ Association AGM at City Hall on 12…

The King’s park, ‘The Queen’s’ comments and our response

The media have today reported actress Helen Mirren’s concerns about the Thames Tunnel’s potential impact on the King Edward Memorial Park in Wapping. Here is our response: The nub of all this is that untreated sewage currently overflows into the river…

Volunteers needed for Thames21′s ‘Deep Clean’ 2011

The Thames is set for a spring time ‘Deep Clean’ in Putney and Chiswick coinciding with the lowest daytime tides of 2011. Volunteers are needed (20-21 March) to help charity Thames21 take advantage of a brief opportunity to clean expanses of foreshore normally covered by the…

Day 1 of Chambers Wharf drop-ins

Seventy locals ‘dropped in’ to the Beomund Community Centre in Bermondsey today to find out more about the potential for Chambers Wharf to be a major construction site for the Thames Tunnel. Among them were people living close to Chambers…

New option for Thames Tunnel construction from Carnwath Road Riverside, Fulham

River-facing land south of Carnwath Road, Fulham, is a newly-identified contender to be a major construction site for the Thames Tunnel. Three adjacent plots of land - Whiffin Wharf, Hurlingham Wharf and Carnwath Business Park – could now be viable as…

Story in London Evening Standard – our response

This is our response to a story in today’s London Evening Standard on our re-evaluation of potential construction sites, following phase one of our public consultation. The Standard’s report lists numerous options in the Hammersmith and Fulham area that are possible…

Update for ‘Save King’s Stairs Gardens Action Group’

Over 100 members of the ‘Save King’s Stairs Gardens Action Group’ attended an update meeting with the Thames Tunnel project team on Tuesday evening (22 February). During the 90-minute briefing, Richard Aylard, Thames Water’s External Affairs and Sustainability Director, explained…

Chambers Wharf an option as Thames Tunnel major construction site

Chambers Wharf in Bermondsey has emerged as a possible alternative to the construction site proposed for King’s Stairs Gardens during phase one of the Thames Tunnel public consultation (13 September 2010 – 14 January 2011). Chambers Wharf in Bermondsey has…

Breakfast in the sewers

TV reporter Richard Westcott descended into the sewers of east London this morning to find out more on the need for the Thames Tunnel. The BBC Breakfast newsman, kitted out with special protective equipment, saw for himself the magnificent brickwork…

Waste Water National Policy Statement

The Government is consulting on its draft Waste Water National Policy Statement, which includes strategic support for the Thames Tunnel. Defra is staging two public consultation events: Monday 31 January from 10.00am - 6pm at City Hall, Greater London Authority, The Queen’s Walk, SE1 2AA  …

Last day for phase one consultation feedback

Message from Phil Stride, Head of London Tideway Tunnels, Thames Water Our first phase of consultation for the Thames Tunnel closes today (14 January) at 5pm. Since the consultation began on 13 September 2010, with a mailing to 175,000 properties…

Cremorne Gardens petition marks last day of phase one public consultation

Councillors from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea joined Cremorne Gardens locals to hand over a petition objecting to the proposed use of the park as an access road for a foreshore construction site for the Thames Tunnel (14 January).…

David Bellamy backs ‘Save King’s Stairs Gardens’ campaign

Environmental campaigner David Bellamy has given his backing to Rotherhithe locals, objecting to the proposed use of King’s Stairs Gardens as a main shaft site for the proposed Thames Tunnel.He told an audience of over 100 residents that Thames Water should find an…

MP leads locals’ debate on proposed Borthwick Wharf Foreshore site in Deptford

Over seventy locals attended a public meeting at St Nicholas Church in Deptford Green tonight (10 January) on Thames Water’s ‘preferred’ status for the nearby Borthwick Wharf Foreshore as a construction site for the Thames Tunnel. Chaired by the MP for…

Cremorne Wharf Foreshore – additional consultation exhibition confirmed 11 January, 10am-8pm

In response to requests from local people, we are staging an additional Thames Tunnel consultation exhibition at the World’s End Residents Association Clubroom, 16 Blantyre Street, London, SW10 0DS on the 11 January. Following the format of the other exhibitions…

MP’s site tour with locals in Putney

Local MP Justine Greening joined Putney residents on a tour of proposed construction sites for the Thames Tunnel on the Wandsworth/Richmond border (5 January). They were accompanied by Malcolm Orford, Thames Tunnel Project Manager at Thames Water, and other members…