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A talk on plans for the new Thames Tunnels by Phil Stride

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A talk on plans for the new Thames Tunnels by Phil Stride, Head of London Tideway Tunnels, Thames Water At Chiswick Pier House on Tuesday 7th October, 7.30pm.

Phil Stride, The Head of London Tideway Tunnels is to kick off a series of winter talks organised by the Chiswick Pier Trust speaking on one of the most ambitious and challenging engineering feats undertaken in modern-day London.

His talk will cover:

  • The proposals for the Lee and the Thames Tunnel that will substantially reduce the volume of untreated sewage overflowing from London’s sewers into the River Thames.
  • Building the deepest tunnels ever constructed in the capital (up to 75m beneath ground level). The diameter of both tunnels will be wider than three London buses placed side by side.
  • How the Thames Tunnel will provide the capital with the core infrastructure it needs to be able to cope with the projected impacts of climate change and population growth.
  • How the tunnel will stretch some 20 miles under the river through the heart of London to intercept the sewage from the 34 most polluting combined sewer overflows before it enters the river.
  • He will also outline the planning process and consultation for the Thames Tunnel project.

The talk will take place at the The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, Chiswick, W4 2UG. Doors open at 7pm and the talk will start promptly at 7.30pm. Light refreshments will be served. Entry is free to Trust members and £3 for non-members, but space is limited to the first 100, so make sure you get there in good time to avoid disappointment.

For more information contact Lucinda MacPherson or Alan Wadner on 020 8742 2713 or log on to

For more information about the project, go to:

Watch a short film about London's sewers - 150 years on from 'The Great Stink' at:

September 26, 2008