Thames Tunnel

Sites affected in Wandsworth

Barn Elms CSO site

The council has welcomed Thames Water's decision to relocate the main shaft to a more appropriate brownfield site. The CSO works will use a much smaller area of the playing fields and greatly reduce the scheme's impact on this important greenfield site. It also means the Thames Path would no longer need to be diverted nor would the local scout hut need to be relocated.

The council opposes the planned site access road alongside Beverley Brook and prefers an alternative route north along the eastern end of the sports pitches, connecting with Queen Elizabeth Walk.

Putney Bridge Foreshore CSO site

Thames Water has undertaken a number of design changes to mitigate the impact of this site on Putney town centre and residential neighbours but serious concerns remain.

The council wants a firm commitment that river transport must be used for deliveries and to take excavated material away from the site. Given the traffic congestion and air pollution issues at this location river transport must be maximised at all stages of the construction programme.

The phase two proposals now show the pier structure to have moved westwards allowing the retention of the existing slipway which is of historic significance. However, in design terms, the proposed structure would now create a metre high wall juxtaposed with the slipway which is unacceptable. 

The council is concerned that the pier structure proposed may inhibit the tidal flow, be visually intrusive and have an uncomfortable relationship to the historic slipway. 

The final location of the pier must not adversely impact on the riverbus service. 

The 'cabinet' proposed for Waterman's Green, and the ventilation column proposed by the bridge abutment need to be reconsidered. Thames Water should explore the possibility of locating the cabinet into one of the adjacent bridge vaults and out of sight. The ventilation structure should make a positive contribution to the site and could incorporate interpretation panels to reveal the history of the area.

King George's Park CSO site

The layout of this site has been modified since the phase one consultation. Thames Water has now relocated the ventilation shaft and control equipment to the Neville Gill Close boundary as requested by the council. 

Disruption and nuisance to park users must be kept to a minimum and an appropriate landscaping strategy agreed.

The works would provide an opportunity to create a new entrance at the north end of the park. This would offer a better link to a new pedestrian walkway now being created through the Wandsworth Business Village.

Dormay Street CSO site

This location is preferred to the original site which required the relocation of Panorama Antennas - a long established local employer.

The works provide an opportunity to create a new permanent footpath on the south side of Bell Lane Creek and a new footbridge onto Causeway Island . This would complete a new pedestrian link between Wandsworth Town and the River Thames.

Falconbrook Pumping Station CSQ site

The Falconbrook Pumping Station CSO site replaces the earlier proposal for Bridges Court Car Park. It would be located on the existing Falconbrook Pumping Station adjacent to York Gardens.

If this site is required, the Council would insist that nuisance and disruption are kept to a minimum and that a much improved public space is subsequently provided in York Gardens . 

Kirtling Street Main Shaft site

This site is proposed to replace the Tideway Wharf drive shaft included in the phase one consultation and would have a major impact on the local area.

The proposals need to anticipate the emerging development of this part of Nine Elms and not obstruct redevelopment. 

The council oppose the use of the northern part of this site as the location for a permanent tunnel shaft as it clashes with an existing outline planning permission for residential development. A more suitable location would be the adjacent Cringle Wharf provided the CEMEX operation could be retained.

It is proposed that 90 per cent of excavated materials will be taken out by barge and the remainder by road. The council wants Thames Water to investigate the potential to increase river transport so that all excavated material is removed by barge. 

The proposed jetty must not impede the Nine Elms Pier and should be located as far westwards as possible, taking account of the workings of Cringle Dock waste transfer station.

A riverside walk of 6 metres in width should be provided post construction. A new access path is also sought which would run from Kirtling Street towards the Thames path along the western boundary of the site. 

Heathwall Pumping Station CSO site

At stage one consultation, this site was included as part of the larger Tideway Walk main shaft site which has now been relocated to Kirtling Street. A smaller CSO site is still required in this location to connect two sewer overflows to the main tunnel.

Works must be carefully managed to minimise disruption to the 'Battersea Barge'.

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