Unsupported browser

For a better experience, please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Lobby group calls for stop to Tideway construction


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TBGE claims to present new evidence that the Tideway scheme is an “outdated and expensive folly” in its latest report and also questions the financing of the project.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

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.