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Thames Tideway Tunnel gets the green light

The Government last week gave the go-ahead to Thames Water to start building a new ‘super sewer’ which will tackle sewage pollution in the River Thames.

The 25km tunnel will run underground from Acton in West London, and travel roughly the line underneath the river to Abbey Mills Pumping Station in East London, where it will connect to the Lee Tunnel and from there to Beckton sewage works.

The tunnel will last for at least 100 years and will ensure London’s sewerage system is ‘fit for purpose’, able to meet the demands of a rapidly growing population for generations to come. Main construction works will start in 2016, with a completion date for the project of 2023.

As a long-standing supporter of the project, London First welcomed the news as good for London and for the UK’s growing reputation as a stable environment in which to plan and deliver major infrastructure projects.

Contact David Leam, dleam@londonfirst.co.uk

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