Thames Interceptor Tunnel

MQT on 2008-06-18
Session date: 
June 18, 2008
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Would you update us on the progress of the Thames Interceptor Tunnel? Has a planning application been made for the first phase tunnel, from Abbey Mills in the Lower Lea Valley to Beckton Sewage Treatment Works, and the necessary upgrade to Beckton Sewage Treatment Works? How will you work with the 12 boroughs concerned and other stakeholders to ensure that this application progresses swiftly and the long-awaited work can start?


Answer for Thames Interceptor Tunnel

Answer for Thames Interceptor Tunnel

Answered By: 
The Mayor

A planning application was submitted on 30 May 2008. This has now been referred to me and my officers will be reporting its details to me towards the end of July. The application covers the Lea Valley - Beckton phase of the tunnel, the expansion of Beckton Sewage Treatment Works and the expansion of sewage sludge powered generator plant at Beckton. I support the principle of the development but will need to examine the details. Design work is continuing on the main leg of the tunnel from Chiswick to Beckton. Thames Water, as applicants, will need to determine how they interact with the 12 boroughs. The London Plan sets the lead by supporting the principle of the development, but I am keen that individual boroughs and their communities work out how the construction and operation will affect them and ensure that the project is delivered in a time efficient way, without unacceptable impacts on local communities.