London Rivers Action Plan

MQT on 2010-03-17
Session date: 
March 17, 2010
Question By: 
Gareth Bacon
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What progress is being made on restoring 15km of London's lost rivers under the London Rivers Action Plan, supported by the Greater London Authority? Which areas in London will see a reduced risk of flooding as part of this initiative?


Answer for London Rivers Action Plan

Answer for London Rivers Action Plan

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I signed up to the London Rivers Action Plan to help drive forward an initiative which will improve London's natural environment. Through my Priority Parks programme I will be contributing directly to river restoration in 4 parks in London.

The Environment Agency is the lead partner. They have confirmed that between 2004 and 2009 almost 10km of the 15km target has been restored in London.

In 2009, two restoration projects on the River Wandle were completed, restoring 1.5km (or 1,500m) of river in London. In 2008, three restoration projects were completed on the Lea, Roding and Crane, restoring 1.8km) of river. In 2007, 3km of the River Quaggy, and 1km of the Hogsmill River were restored.

Significant restoration projects between 2010 and 2015 will be the Olympic Park (3km), Mayes Brook Park Ladywell Park, the Wandle Park, and Dagenham Washlands each contributing up to 1km each.

All river restoration projects make a contribution to flood risk management by creating additional flood storage capacity.