Thames Water to face questions on Farringdon flooding

03 February 2015

This meeting took place on 4 February 2015. Read the transcript here.

Last week Londoners experienced major disruption when more than 1,000 trains were cancelled or delayed due to a burst water main near Farringdon station. What will Thames Water do to prevent further incidents like this?

One-in-five Thames Water customers say their water bill is unaffordable[1]. How much extra will consumers have to pay to fund the £4 billion ‘super sewer,’ the Thames Tideway Tunnel?

In much of London, sewers carry both waste and rainwater and during heavy rainfall sewage has flooded homes. How will Thames Water reduce the risk of this occurring by the recommended 10 percent?

The London Assembly’s Environment Committee will tomorrow question the following guests about the issues above, in addition to further matters including metering and water supply:

Richard Aylard, External Affairs and Sustainability Director, Thames Water.

Sir Tony Redmond, Chair, London and South East Region, Consumer Council for Water.

Alex Nickson, Policy and Programmes Manager, Greater London Authority.

Kevin Reid, Principal Programme Manager, Greater London Authority.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, 4 February from 10.30am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes for Editors:

Guardian, November 2014: Planned London super sewer branded waste of time and taxpayer money.

Full Agenda papers.

Stephen Knight AM, Chair of the Environment Committee is available for interview. See contact details below.

As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603. For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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