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Thames Tideway project wins strong support

Respondents to the consultation on Thames Water’s proposed £3.6bn London mega-sewer have overwhelmingly backed the project, it emerged this week.

Only 70 responses (3%) opposed the plans, while 76% (1,661 responses) backed the project.

Thames Water said it was already planning for the delivery stage of the project, and has started work on a procurement strategy, although proposed work sites are subject to change over the next few months.

Thames Water head of London Tideway Tunnels Phil Stride said other potential options for work sites could emerge before the second consultation phase, which starts this autumn. “In parallel, we are also continually refining our detailed design for the tunnel which will involve changes,” he said. “Nothing is set in stone.”

Thames Water has already announced that it is reconsidering planned work sites at Barn Elms Playing Fields in west London and King’s Stairs Gardens in Bermondsey.

Recurring concerns that emerged during consultation involved the impacts of construction noise and dust, and loss of green space.

Stride said Thames Water would submit a planning application for the tunnel in 2012. Completion date is 2020.

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