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Thames Water - Thames Tunnel Project

Concrete for the Blackfriars Bridge project being moved by water (click on image to enlarge) - photograph courtesy of Balfour Beatty
 Concrete for the Blackfriars Bridge project being moved by water (click on image to enlarge) - photograph courtesy of Balfour Beatty

The Port of London Authority (PLA) backs Thames Water's work to find a solution to the problem of dumping 39 million cubic metres of raw sewage into the Thames in west and central London every year.  The existing system, built in the 19th century, cannot cope with the increased demands of 21st century London. 

Resolving this problem will ultimately benefit the river community and those concerned about the Thames's environment, particularly rowers, canoeists, sailors and those enjoying walks along the towpaths, who are most affected by the pollution.

Our main priorities for the scheme are to ensure that we:

  1. help the project make maximum use of the river for moving materials, minimising the impact on London's roads and local communities;
  2. maintain the navigational safety of vessels on the river;
  3. minimise the impact of the scheme on existing river users and businesses through the life of the project;
  4. secure a beneficial legacy of facilities and skilled people to sustain the movement of freight and passengers on the Thames.

Safety

 The steel for the Blackfriars project is also transported by river (click on image to enlarge)
The steel for the Blackfriars project is also transported by river (click on image to enlarge)

As the organisation responsible for safety on the river we look at any plans for using the river carefully, assessing the risks to ensure that any navigational safety or environmental issues are properly addressed. 

We won't compromise on safety.  We will make sure that everything on the river can be done as safely as possible and that inconvenience to river users is minimised.

Consultation

We are working constructively with Thames Water, other regulators, the Greater London Authority, Transport for London, the London boroughs and other river users to make sure that the project makes maximum use of the river, helping to minimise the impact on London's roads and local communities.