Thames ‘Super sewer’ plans released for public consultation

Thames Water has launched a 14-week public consultation, beginning Monday 13th September, on plans for the proposed Thames Tunnel, which will significantly reduce sewage discharges into the River Thames.

Andy Hodge, Olympic oarsman and occasional rower on the Tideway says, “a lot of planning has already gone into this project and now there is an opportunity for everyone in the wider rowing community to hear about the developments and help to finalise the route for the tunnel.  Ridding the Thames of London’s sewage is important to all of us in this region and I hope you will all take the opportunity to make sure that this large engineering project is right.”


The tunnel will run up to 20 miles from its starting point in west London and will broadly follow the route of the river at a depth of up to 75 metres to the east of Tower Bridge at Limehouse before going one of three ways:

• north east to connect to the Lee Tunnel at Abbey Mills in Stratford – the shortest of the proposed routes;
• east following the river and crossing the Greenwich peninsular up to Beckton Sewage Works in Newham;
• or south east, straight to Greenwich and then on to Beckton.

Public exhibitions will be held across London from 27 September until 22 October 2010. This will provide all interested parties with ample opportunity to understand and influence the development of the project, and have their say on the preferred route and construction sites.

Exhibition dates

Monday 27 – Wednesday 29 September
• Fishmongers’ Hall, London Bridge, EC4R 9EL: 10.30am–8pm (5pm, Wed)
• Acton Library, Acton High Street, W3 6NA: 10.30am–8pm

Thursday 30 September – Friday 1 October
• Thames Barrier Visitor Centre, 1 Unity Way, SE18 5NJ: 10.30am–8pm

Thursday 30 September – Saturday 2 October
• Southside Shopping Centre, SW18 4TF: 10.30am–7pm (6pm, Fri & Sat)

Monday 4 – Wednesday 6 October
• Surrey Quays Watersports Centre, Rope Street SE16 7SX: 10.30am-8pm
• Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road SW3 5EE: 10.30am-8pm

Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 October
• Putney Exchange Shopping Centre, SW15 1TW: 10.30am-7pm (6pm, Fri & Sat)
• Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN: 10.30am–8pm (5pm Sat)

Monday 11 – Tuesday 12 October
• Linden House, Upper Mall, Hammersmith, W6 9TA: 10.30am–8pm
• Beormund Community Centre: 177 Abbey Street, SE1 2AN: 10.30am-8pm

Thursday 14 – Friday 15 October
• London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, WC2E 7BB: 10.30am-8pm

Monday 18 – Wednesday 20 October
• John Scurr Community Centre, Bekesbourne Street, E14 7JQ: 10.30am-8pm

Thursday 21 October
• St Marks Community Centre, Tollgate Rd, Beckton, E6 5YA: 10.30am–8pm

Thursday 21 – Friday 22 October
• Stratford Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, E15 4BQ: 10.30am–8pm.

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