Thames Tideway Tunnel’s third annual report has said that work on London’s super sewer is “firmly on track” with significant progress over the last 12 months.
The report says that all but one of 21 construction sites now fully up and running and the first three tunnel boring machines are now on site.
The report highlights Tideway’s commitment to using the river – to cut the number of lorries needed for the project – with nearly 420,000t of material moved by barge to date. During 2017/18 more than 20,000 lorry loads were avoided as a result.
Other milestones achieved include zero major injuries for the third consecutive year and use of the first electric hydrofraise to meet environmental issues at Chambers Wharf in Bermondsey.
The company’s efforts to promote gender equality were recognised with Tideway gaining a place in the coveted Times ‘Top 50’ employers for women index.
“We have made good strides forward during the year, moving up a gear in our construction activity,” said Tideway CEO Andy Mitchell. “The arrival of three of our tunnel boring machines, all by river, was significant and puts the project on a firm course. Our financing programme has been successful, with us now fully financed to the end of construction. We are in no doubt there is still a huge amount to do but we are well set up for the challenges ahead.”