A panel of experts is to review Thames Water’s plans for a £3.6bn super sewer tunnel.
The Thames Tunnel Commission is to examine whether the 32km tunnel is the best solution, which will be headed by Lord Selbourne. The Thames Tunnel is part of the London Tideway Improvements along with the Lee Tunnel and associated infrastructure upgrades.
Many London boroughs are “uneasy” about utility Thames Water’s proposals for the tunnel citing its high cost at £3.6bn and concerns over moving resources from other areas. Local authorities have also raised their concerns about the tunnel’s impact on parks and house prices.
The target date for the submission of planning application is the end of June 2012, the enabling works will commence in 2013 with completion of the project by 2020.