Philadelphia in the media – our response

Phil Stride, Head of Thames Tideway Tunnel at Thames Water, said: “We support the type of measures Philadelphia is seeking to put in place. “They could help extend the life of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, but in no way replace…

Are sustainable drainage systems enough for London’s river?

We have looked at the role of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) in tackling combined sewer overflows (CSOs) using case studies from Philadelphia, Portland and London. Philadelphia aims to tackle 85 per cent of CSO discharges through SuDS measures over a…

Sustainable drainage and the ‘Supersewer’

It’s not a choice. London needs both. Richard Aylard, Thames Water’s Director of External Affairs and Sustainability, explains in Thames Estuary Partnership’s magazine ‘Talk of the Thames’ why the proposed Thames Tideway Tunnel and Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) each have a…

Thames Estuary Partnership Annual Forum

Over 150 River Thames stakeholders attending the Thames Estuary Partnership’s Annual Forum (14 November) heard Martin Baggs, Thames Water’s CEO, explain why London needs both the Thames Tideway Tunnel and Sustainable Urban Drainage (SuDS). Afterwards, Martin answered questions about the…

Evening Standard report on relocating residents (16 Oct) – our response

In line with Government policy on building major infrastructure, we will work to reduce noise from our sites and reduce noise affecting nearby premises by, for example, fitting secondary glazing. Where noise can’t be reduced to acceptable levels, we will…

Party conferences tour ends in Birmingham

On Tuesday (9 October) the Thames Tideway Tunnel project team held a drop-in session for delegates at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. Visitors included the newly-appointed Defra Secretary of State, Owen Paterson MP, and the Water Minister, Richard Benyon…

Project team at Labour Party Conference

Boosting economic growth was top of the agenda for delegates visiting the Thames Tideway Tunnel drop-in at Labour Party Conference in Manchester on Tuesday (2 October). On the day Labour Leader Ed Miliband emphasised the need for economic growth in…

Section 48 publicity coming to a close

The 12-week period for previewing our updated construction proposals will soon come to an end. The deadline for Section 48 publicity representations is 5pm on Friday 5 October 2012.  If you would like to make any representations, they will need…

Mayor’s Thames Festival

“Good luck” was the recurring message to the Thames Tideway Tunnel team from visitors to the Mayor’s Thames Festival (8-9 September). Over the weekend-long festival approximately 800 visitors stopped by the Thames Tideway Tunnel stand to meet staff members, check…

‘Supersewer’ schools plan aims to inspire a generation of engineers

‘Tunnelworks’, a new, interactive, set of educational materials for the Thames Tideway Tunnel, launched today by Thames Water, aims to inspire a new generation of engineers. The materials are part of a wider drive by the company to help alleviate…

Finalised Thames Tideway Tunnel plans published

12-week period for public to review updated construction proposals, ahead of application for Planning consent Finalised proposals from Thames Water for the new ‘Supersewer’, needed to help tackle increasing sewage pollution to the tidal River Thames, have been unveiled for…

Poll shows majority of Londoners back ‘Supersewer’

Cross capital survey shows 85 per cent support proposed Thames Tunnel. More than eight out of ten Londoners support the Thames Tunnel, proposed to help tackle growing sewage pollution in the River Thames, a new survey commissioned by Thames Water…

Parliamentarians pledge their support for ‘Supersewer’

Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum last week pledged their support for the proposed Thames Tunnel. Over 200 Lords, MPs, Parliamentary workers and visiting members of the public attended an exhibition featuring the project, held in the Upper Waiting Hall…

Targeted consultation drop-ins conclude in Putney

Over 140 people attended our final targeted consultation drop-in at London Rowing Club on Putney Embankment on 20 and 21 June 2012.   The sessions were designed to gather views for proposed local construction work in the foreshore, needed to…

Thames Tunnel spotlight falls on Vauxhall

Thames Tunnel spotlight falls on Vauxhall The two combined sewer overflows (CSOs), which discharge untreated sewage to the River Thames each side of the southern end of Vauxhall Bridge, took centre stage this week in an extra round of consultation for four…

Big Thursday of Thames Tunnel dialogue across London

Acton, Barnes, Shadwell and the West End all played host to Thames Tunnel engagement events on Thursday 14 June.   Approximately 70 people attended a public meeting in Acton, where the project team explained the conclusions of the recent second…

In Bazalgette’s footsteps, down Northumberland Avenue.

A street created by Sir Joseph Bazalgette  over 150 years ago, when he founded London’s modern day sewerage network, yesterday hosted a drop-in consultation event for the capital’s proposed new ‘Supersewer’. The drop-in, at 8 Northumberland Avenue, focused on our revised…

‘Supersewer’ essential to protect ecology of River Thames, London’s wildlife ‘Superhighway’

On the eve of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant, new report explains how increasing sewage pollution to the tidal Thames risks undoing decades of improvements to river water quality. Report highlights how lack of capacity in Victorian sewerage network was…

London’s proposed ‘Supersewer’ essential for economic growth

Thames Water sets out why London must emulate Victorian’s investment in core infrastructure to remain competitive on world stage. Growing problem of sewage pollution to River Thames through central London requires a long-term solution, Thames Tunnel MD tells project ‘Jobs…

Extra round of consultation for new changes to plans at four proposed Thames Tunnel construction sites

Report on phase two public consultation reveals proposed amendments for ‘Supersewer’ construction plans at: Barns Elms, Putney Embankment, Victoria Embankment and Albert Embankment.    Thames Water explains reasons why 24 preferred sites for Thames Tunnel construction and operation remain unchanged.…

Foreshore geology probes ahead of Thames Tunnel construction

As part of our ongoing site investigations for the Thames Tunnel, we need to undertake some more boreholes on the river. The boreholes will be about 15m deep and will provide us with information about the geology near the foreshore.…

Thames Tunnel vital for London’s economy, says new report

A new report ‘Why does London need the Thames Tunnel?’ has found the major new sewer will be a huge boost for the capital’s economy. The report, which is backed by business organisation ‘London First’ and the Trades Union Congress…

Chambers Wharf site investigations – important update

A small sample of asbestos-containing material has been found at Chambers Wharf following the start of site investigations, needed to test local soil and groundwater conditions. The sample found was a fragment of low-risk ‘white’ asbestos known as chrysotile asbestos…

Visit us at the boat race in Chiswick

If you’re going to watch the Oxford and Cambridge crews battle it out on the river during the Easter weekend, take some time out to find out more about the proposed ‘Supersewer’.  Members from the project team will be on-hand…

Thames Tunnel team gets ‘stuck in’ to deep clean the river

Members of the Thames Tunnel Communications Team joined Thames21 at Battersea Bridge today  to help deep clean the river on the lowest tide of the year.   Over 40 volunteers donned steel toe capped boots and protective gloves to haul a…

New device unlocks sewer surveys

A specially designed ‘lock gate’ valve has been fitted in a Sir Joseph Bazalgette sewer near Westminster Bridge. The unique, stainless steel invention allows our surveyors to get vital measurements, needed to design the Thames Tunnel, from a key section…

Alice in ‘Sewerland’

BBC TV ‘Coast’ presenter Dr Alice Roberts swapped beaches for sewers in December on a visit to Hammersmith Pumping Station, one of the sewer overflow points the Thames Tunnel needs to tackle. The Birmingham University professor was recording a Radio…

End of phase two consultation

The second round of public consultation for the Thames Tunnel closed today (10 February) at 5pm. Since the consultation began on 4 November 2011, we have staged 55 days of exhibition at 23 venues across London. We would like to…

Riverside pupils present petition

School children from Riverside Primary School today presented a petition opposing the use of land at Chambers Wharf as a drive site for the Thames Tunnel. Phil Stride, Head of London Tideway Tunnels, received the petition which contained almost 2,000…

Pupils present park petition

Tower Hamlets school children today presented a petition opposing the proposed use of the river foreshore adjacent to King Edward Memorial Park (KEMP) as a Thames Tunnel construction site. Phil Stride, Head of London Tideway Tunnels at Thames Water, received…

Ten days left to have your say

Phase two consultation for the proposed Thames Tunnel ends on  Friday 10 February 2012 at 5pm.  Everyone’s views count, so please don’t forget to let us have your feedback on our revised plans before the deadline. Even if you responded during…

Another chance for Fulham’s residents to have their say

Following a request from local residents’ associations, we are holding an additional drop-in session on Saturday 28 January 2012, 10am-4pm at Hurlingham and Chelsea School, Peterborough Road, London, SW6 3ED. This extra exhibition session follows previous sessions held at The…

Public meeting for Chambers Wharf

Representatives from Thames Water will take questions and hear concerns from residents about the proposed Chambers Wharf worksite at a public meeting on 19 January 2012, 8pm at City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, SE1 2AA. The local campaign group Save…