Thames Tideway Tunnel

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Thames Tideway Tunnel

Received 23 April 2013
From Tony Roome


My main concern with the application is with the access to the development sites - principally to the King Edward Memorial Park, though similar concerns are relevant at other riverside sites.

At present, access for heavy plant, materials and waste removal is largely by road. Even where spoil removal is said to be by water, there is no guarantee that this will happen. We only need to look at the example of the Olympic Park construction to see that such undertakings are worthless. If the use of river transport, for all except light vehicle access, was included as a contract condition, then:

a) East London roads would not continue to suffer the damage which large numbers of heavy lorry movements create (again we have the Olympic experience)

b) Interruption to the normal use of the Park would be minimised

c) The whole project would be more environmentally-friendly with a massive reduction in heavy lorry movements in the area.

Both Blackfriars Railway Bridge/Station, and Crossrail are examples of projects where a large proportion of heavy goods and spoil movement was by river – the Thames Tunnel project needs to be even stricter in forcing traffic off our roads and on to the river.