Thames Water launched a 14-week public consultation today on the plans for the proposed Thames Tunnel.
The tunnel will run up to 30km froms its starting point in west London and will broadly follow the route of the river at a depth of up to 75m to the east of Tower Bridge 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 Sewarge Works in Newham;
- or south east, straight to Greenwich and on to Beckton.
Public exhibitions will be held across London from 27 September until 22 October.
London’s Victorian sewer network is in good condition. Its 57 sewage overflow points along the river were used only during heavy storms in the 19th century. However, the city’s booming population, and the lack of natural drainage due to increasing concrete use, mean that these points now discharge sewage into the Thames once a week on average.
Thames Water chief executive Martin Baggs said: “Allowing sewage to overflow into the river at the current frequency is unacceptable.
“We have got a plan to tackle this problem. It is now time for everyone to review these plans and tell us what they think.”
Take part in the consultation at www.thamestunnelconsultation.co.uk