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Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Thames Tunnel consultation event at Albert Embankment

At the request of local councillor Mark Harrison, Thames Water have organised an additional public consultation event for their plans for the Thames Tunnel and its proposed construction site on the Albert Embankment foreshore.

The Thames Tunnel consultation exhibition will be held on Saturday 6 November (10am - 4pm) at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, 18 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TJ(pictured).

The venue is close to two combined sewer overflows, adjacent to Vauxhall Bridge, which the Thames Tunnel needs to intercept.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to ask the project team about any proposed site or any of the tunnel route options.
Councillors will be writing to residents of 93 Albert Embankment to ensure they are aware of the event.

The 'Thames Tunnel' is a massive infrastructure project which will divert sewage from the River Thames.
Currently London's Victorian sewers carry untreated sewage directly into the river whenever there is heavy rain. The proposed Tunnel will run underneath the river, intercepting the sewer overflows and carrying sewage directly to the sewage treatment works in east London.

Building the Tunnel will be massively costly and challenging, and will require many large construction sites along the route of the river.

Unfortunately two 'Combined Sewer Overflows' reach the river at Vauxhall. A construction site will be needed to connect the sewers with the Tunnel.

Thames Water have decided their preferred site is here, on the riverside of Tintagel House and 89 Albert Embankment. (Their non-preferred sites are the riverside of MI6, the riverside of St George Wharf, and a site at Claylands Road in Oval.)

The whole site would need to be used for construction for three years. Thames Water are likely to require some permanent aboveground structures on the site after the construction work has finished. In order to accommodate these structures, they propose to extend the existing river wall to create a new area of hard-standing.

You can download a pdf explaning the proposals for Vauxhall in more detail here

Information on all the construction sites and the consultation process is available at http://www.thamestunnelconsultation.co.uk/

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