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Pier construction signals Tideway start

Positioning of a barge-mounted crane in the River Thames near Blackfriars for construction of a new pier has signalled the start of construction work for the Tideway Tunnel.

“This crane will give us the capability that we need to prepare the Blackfriars site for our vital work to upgrade London’s sewerage system,” said Tideway central project delivery manager Andy Alder.

“This work is taking place directly next to one of Sir Joseph Bazalgette’s famous interceptor sewers in the embankment, so it’s a fitting place to start our work.”

Getting the barge into place was no mean feat. The 20m wide barge had to be carefully threaded under seven bridges and through the traffic on one of the busiest working rivers in the world. Alongside the man-made challenges, the crane also needed perfect tidal water levels and good weather before the movement could go ahead.”

The new pier for Thames Clippers users will be built to the eastern side of Blackfriars Railway Bridge, and is due to come into use later next year.

The work, which is being undertaken by VolkerStevin for Tideway, will also include building a new staircase and lift connecting the Embankment and Blackfriars Bridge.

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