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Thames sewer tunnel sites safeguarded

The government last week wrote to three London Boroughs directing them to refrain from granting planning permission without authorisation on several sites required for the Thames Tideway tunnel scheme.

The direction, sent from the Department for Communities and Local Government, relates to sites it refers to as Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore in the City, the Earl Pumping Station in Lewisham and the Greenwich Pumping Station in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

The tunnel project from Thames Water aims to upgrade London’s sewer system with a new super sewer tunnel running up to 32km from west to east London, around 75m deep, that will broadly follow the route of the river Thames.

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