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New Thames Tunnel work sites considered

Thames Water is investigating four new possible work sites for its £3.6bn preferred Thames Tunnel route, after the first phase of public consultation led the company to reconsider using two greenfield locations.

Thames Water has bought land at Chambers Wharf in Bermondsey, south east London as a potential alternative to a planned work site at King’s Stairs Gardens in Bermondsey, and is reconsidering three adjacent sites at Carnwath Road Riverside in west London as alternatives to a site at Barn Elms Playing Fields.

The company said the three sites were previously considered “too small”.

Chambers Wharf was originally rejected as a developer had planned to build housing there and Thames Water had agreed that the project should not cause housing to be demolished. Since then Thames has bought the undeveloped site.

It is vital that we keep our options open”

Phil Stride, Thames Water

“When Chambers Wharf came up for sale, we had to act quickly to ensure we could consider the land in detail as a potential site. It is vital that we keep our options open,” said Thames Water head of London Tideway Tunnels Phil Stride. “I must stress that this does not mean we will definitely use it.”

Stride said the Carnwath Road Riverside sites feature an existing jetty at a wide part of the river, which would allow the use of fewer, larger barges for spoil removal and materials delivery. But he said using those sites for construction could conflict with Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s regeneration plans.

Residents had opposed the use of Kings Stairs Gardens and Barn Elms Playing Fields because they were considered to be greenfield sites. Thames Water will now undertake detailed technical studies of the reconsidered sites.

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