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Thames Tideway Tunnel project

The proposed Thames Tideway Tunnel will capture the flows of storm sewage from 34 sewer overflow points along the River Thames. The Tunnel will extend for approximately 20 miles through London, and up to 75 metres beneath the River Thames, broadly following the path of the river. Major construction works are required to build the tunnel over several years.

There are two sites in Southwark where works are proposed to be carried out, these being at Chambers Wharf and Shad Thames Pumping Station in Bermondsey. There are also works proposed at Earl Pumping Station which, while located in the London Borough of Lewisham, is adjacent to the boundary with Southwark.

As it constitutes a National Significant Infrastructure Project, Thames Water's application was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate who carried out a formal examination of the proposals between September 2013 and March 2014.

Secretaries of State Decision

On the 12 March 2014, the Secretaries of State decided to grant consent for the proposals.

You can read the Secretaries of State decision letter, the Examining Authorities Recommendation and associated information.

Consent applications

Formal applications

To view and comment on the Thames Tideway Tunnel applications please go to the Planning Register and within the 'search criteria, type Thames Tideway Tunnel and select 'search'. 

Any comments need to be submitted within three weeks of the date of registering the application.

Draft applications

Before the submission of the formal application the council has the opportunity to provide comments to the Thames Tideway Tunnel Ltd project team on the content of the draft applications.    

You can also view these applications on the Planning Register. Please email your comments on the content of the draft applications to with the subject 'draft Tideway application'.

Any comments need to be submitted within three weeks of the date of the application which can be found on the covering letter.

Page last updated: 14 August 2019

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