Minister for London Jo Johnson has visited the Thames Tideway Tunnel, as work to start tunnelling gets underway on the £4.2bn sewage system.
The first 2 TBMs, Millicent and Ursula, are ready to be lowered to start boring the 25km tunnel later this year.
On the visit the minister, accompanied by Treasury Minister Robert Jenrick and Deputy Leader of Wandsworth Council Jonathan Cook, saw first-hand how the scheme, which will be the biggest ever investment in the capital’s sewerage system, will benefit Londoners for generations to come.
Minister for London Jo Johnson said: “London is a thriving international city, and people will always want to move here. We must ensure that opportunities for housing and work are there – and that Londoners are offered the best possible quality of life.
“The Thames Tideway Tunnel is an incredible feat of engineering and a big part of this ambition. It will help guarantee that the groundwork is in place to support our great city for the decades to come.
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick said: ”This government is investing record levels in infrastructure across the country to boost productivity and raise living standards.
“The Thames Tideway Tunnel will deliver vital infrastructure for Londoners and continue the UK’s international reputation and skills-base for tunnelling, as developed in Crossrail.
”As tunnelling is about to begin, we are thrilled to see this project reach such an important milestone.”
The Thames Tideway Tunnel will be the biggest ever investment in the capital’s sewerage system. It will start at Action Storm Tanks in West London (30m deep), and end at Abbey Mills Pumping Station in East London (67m deep).
Watch the latest progress on the scheme here.
And read about how recruitment targets Tideway has set will ensure a lasting legacy long after the scheme is completed.