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Lobby group calls for stop to Tideway construction

Tideway

Lobby group Thames Blue Green Economy (TBGE) has called for construction of the Thames Tideway super sewer to be stopped and alternatives put in place.

TBGE claims to present new evidence that the Tideway scheme is an “outdated and expensive folly” in its latest report and also questions the financing of the project.

According to TBGE, Tideway is not needed to maintain the Thames’ water quality and “is an extravagant way to deal with the occasional flushes of storm water that the sewer system is unable to cope with”. The group claims that this “has become particularly evident since the completion of sewage treatment plants at Beckton and Mogden, and the building of the Lee Tunnel”.

TBGE is calling for Tideway to be replaced with integrated water resource management, which it believes “is a much cheaper, quicker and more sustainable – from an economic, environmental and social perspective – package of alternative measures”.

Tideway has responded to the report by dismissing the claim from TBGE about alternatives. A spokesperson from Tideway told GE: “Tideway and Thames Water are working together on preparatory works for the Thames Tideway Tunnel. The tunnel is urgently needed to prevent tens of millions of tonnes of raw sewage polluting the tidal River Thames every year.”

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