New tunnel under Thames recieves green light from Environment secretary
The £3.6 billion plans would see a tunnel built that would reduce the flow of sewage into the Thames. Currently the Thames’ sewer system discharges raw sewage into the river around 50 times a year, which could increase due to factors like climate change and the population growth in London.
The tunnel has been given the OK by Ms. Spelman, who said:
“A tunnel continues to offer by far the most cost effective solution to the unacceptable problem of raw sewage being regularly discharged into the Thames.”
The idea was originally brought up in 2007 by then-environment secretary and now-Labour leader candidate David Miliband, who believed a tunnel would solve the sewage problem. If the plans for the tunnel go ahead, this would create hundreds of trades jobs and would add to the number of jobs created by other projects on the Thames, such as the £635 million Lee Tunnel, which is to be built in London.
The plans sound like a good idea, as they help the environment whilst creating a lot more trades jobs in the capital. And with events like the Olympics in 2012 set to bring hundreds of thousands of tourists to London, it will be good to resolve the sewage issue in the Thames in the near future.
Posted on September 10, 2010, in electrician, plumbing, train4tradeskills and tagged 2012 Olympics, Climate change, jobs, London, Olympic Games, River Thames, thames, train4tradeskills. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.